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Achilles Changes

Odysseus travel to visit him and beg him to return to the fight. Instead of acting like an honorable warrior, he refuses after listening them plead for his help in the fight. He said that he would not return until his own Greek warriors’ ships were on fire from Trojan flames. Achilles’ rage and childishness is revealed when he learns of his friend, and father figure’s death, and becomes not only enraged but cries like a child. Children, when they get angry because of something that someone did to them, their first thoughts Ottawa they can do to get back at them, to make things “even. This is what Achilles does. When Hector killed Patriotic he also took the armor that Patrols was wearing which belonged to Achilles. This is the point at which Achilles’ values show because this when he decides to return to the fight, to avenge his friend’s death. As part of his “revenge” Achilles kills every Trojan he sees without mercy to get to Hector. He forces the Trojan to retreat all the way into their own walled city. This is where Achilles and Hector meet to avenge Patrols’ death Hector is beat by Achilles and asks him for mercy in his death.

Achilles refuses, also being consumed by his ego he doesn’t act as the better person despite what is previous experiences have taught him about how to act. So he tortures Hector before killing him and did the same to his body as Hector did to Patrols’. Achilles drags Hectors body all the way around Troy three times tied to the back Of his chariot. At the very end Achilles for the first time in the story shows that he can be non- egoistic and can be compassionate. The Greeks finish their mourning for Patrols and about burn the body of Hector. But, Zeus decides that Prima, Hectors father, will be allowed to have Hectors body.

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So Prima goes and begs to Achilles for Hectors body back. Achilles actually weeps with Prima and allows him to take the body without asking for ransom money. The unbelievable part is that Achilles wants a truce with Prima so that Prima can properly mourn his son’s death. By giving Hector a proper burial it returned some respect to his name and let his family have some peace. Achilles goes trot an egoistic man to a compassionate warrior in the very end. Though The Iliad isn’t just about Achilles and his growth as a person, it is a part of what is used to parallel to make this story what it is, about love, courage, war, and honor above all.


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