Role Of Achilles In The Iliad

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Character List
Achilles- The Achaean champion, Achilles is the main character of the Iliad because of his pride and anger that fueled this battle in the Trojan War.
Agamemnon- The leader of the Achaeans, Agamemnon is the prideful and arrogant king that can lead his troops toward victory.
Ajax- Known for being a brave fighter, he duels Hector when no one else would.
Apollo- God of music, truth, prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry, etc. Apollo rooted for the Trojans.
Athena- Goddess of wisdom and battle strategy, she rooted for the Achaeans.
Diomedes-A brave and strong fighter, his skill on the battlefield captured even the gods attention.
Hector- The Trojans champion, he is considered a hero, but he flees from the battle in
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Achilles’ divine armor signifies his place with the Olympians. His armor brings terror into the heart of his enemies because when the enemy look at him, it isn’t his face they see, but his armor. His armor is associated with him through battle.

Destiny (Motif) Both the Trojans and the Achaeans believe in destiny. Achilles’ destiny was to go to battle and die young; Hector was meant to be killed by Achilles. The power of destiny lies within the gods, specifically Zeus. Destiny places an important part in this story by how the gods directly influence the characters.

Gods (Motif) The greek gods play a significant role in The Iliad. The Trojans and the Achaeans believe in them and rely on them to protect them and make them strong. The gods are such a strong part in the everyday life for these two armies. The gods make the warriors strong and swift, or tip the balance against them depending on if they favor them. The gods are certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Pride (Motif) Pride is one of the seven deadly sins. This book is a prime example of how it earned its place in that list. One way pride works its way into the book is from Agamemnon and Achilles’ conflict over Briseis.

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