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    Agamemnon felt his honor was at stake when he was announced responsible for the plague. However, Achilles felt his honor was at stake when Agamemnon demanded that he give up Briseis to Agamemnon. They are both prideful to the point they can not let anyone make them look bad, so they feel the need to have to defend themselves to ensure that they still look good to others. Achilles’ and Agamemnon’s pride makes them both act foolishly. Agamemnon acts foolishly by not returning Chryseis when he is offered wealth in return. He also acts foolishly by demanding he receive Briseis which leads to Achilles withdrawing from helping him in the Trojan War. Achilles acts foolishly by withdrawing from the Trojan War. This quarrel scene shows how emotions can cause us to act irrationally. Our emotions can build up to the point where we act without thinking. Achilles and Agamemnon could have both been more reasonable to avoid the conflict of Achilles withdrawing from the Trojan…

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    These words from Agamemnon additionally display the great power he holds in Greek society because although the solution Achilleus proposes to the assembly is rational, Agamemnon himself holds the power to say that cannot happen unless he is given a reward that he deems to be equal even though his duty as king should be the immediate protection of his people from the Apollo’s plague. Once hearing Agamemnon’s tirade about requiring Achilleus to give him Briseis, Achilleus is outraged and berates…

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    individual who can only benefit of what other fighters have fought for. In addition to his side, King Agamemnon understands that historical events recollects kings and rulers, fighters, equal to Achilles, he has to comprehend that inherent ranking do exist. The conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles climax’s one of the most commanding characteristic of the ancient Greek moral structure: the essential significance of individual honor. Both Agamemnon and Achilles emphasized their separate…

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    There are many moments throughout The Iliad that people are admitting they are wrong and asking for forgiveness. The Gods and Goddesses even have moments where they are not perfect. Many times the wrongs are created during all the fighting within the war. Other times these issues are created because of certain people’s deaths. All of these problems happened because people were selfish, complained, and had no care toward anyone else around them. Some moments in the Iliad where people admitted…

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    The Iliad is an epic poem written by Homer to record the events of the Trojan War. The Trojan War is famous for its massive, bloody, and deadly battles. A very interesting element of The Iliad is how Homer tells the story from both the humans’ and the god’s perspective. The gods in the story contain so much human characteristics that they feel more like humans than gods. This contradicts the image of gods. In The Iliad, the gods are not superior and great; they are the reason to why the war…

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    Like an avalanche in the mountains change is inevitable and unstoppable. In the Iliad, by Homer, an epic/poem retelling the tale of the Trojan war, there was a bloody battle between Greece and Troy. One of the main characters is Achilles, an almost invincible Greek warrior. The author uses characterization to show Achilles experiences great change throughout the poem, from stubborn to devastated to avengement seeking, all because his good friend and comrade, Patroclus, was killed in battle.…

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    of Apollo 's statue in front of his own temple just to make the point that he doesn 't need gods to help him, and that Achilles is not afraid of them. His actions again show his arrogance with the gods. After the short battle, Briseis is brought to Achilles’ tent, whom he develops a fondness for. He immediately unties her showing that he doesn 't mean her harm. Briseis could be viewed as the Damsel in distress because the hero saves her multiple times from the threat of other men. Agamemnon…

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    will my returning her soothe the fury of Apollo? I am sure that I am not the cause of this horror that has fallen upon the Achaeans. I am willing to give Chryses’ daughter back if it will lift this plague. However, I will not be the only one left without a prize. Achilles asks what prize he may give me to make up for the one I that I will be losing, he promises to give me a prize that will satisfy me. I see through this though. Prometheus tried to outwit Zeus in Hesiod’s Theogony, but like me,…

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    have lost sight of the true problem. Instead of fulfilling the duties and responsibilities which accompanied his demigod status, he chooses instead to avoid the war and continue brooding. However, contrarily, Achilles’ anger can be justified by putting forth the notion of individual liberty. His desire to stay out of the war regardless of his reason is, after all, a decision that is solely his to make. The aforementioned argument coupled with the fact that for Achilles, Briseis was not just a…

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    Agamemnon has a very strong sense of pride and honor. While arguing about returning Chrysies and taking Briseis in return, Agamemnon taunts Achilles a number of times, boasting “So you can learn just how much greater I am than you/and the next man up may shrink from matching words with me,/ from hoping to rival Agamemnon strength for strength!”(1.219-221) Achilles, who also quite prideful, is understandably angered by Agamemnon’s conceited claims, and leaves, announcing “Let [Agamemnon and the…

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