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Achilles From the initial callousness and stubborn temper of Achilles in the first books of the Iliad to the eventual 'humanization' of Achilles in his interaction with the grieving father of Hector, whom Achilles himself slew, the Iliad can be seen to chronicle the maturation of the Greek hero during the terrible battles of the Trojan War. Achilles is a hero in the epic sense, complete with flaws and bad qualities that round out the character, but with passions and convictions that any reader can relate to. Throughout the course of the Iliad, Homer creates the character of Achilles to be that kind of hero in every sense of the word. As the novel begins, we first meet with Achilles in his ...view middle of the document...

He replies in this fashion, "Love him so well, and you may lose the love I bear you. You ought to help me rather in troubling those that trouble me; be king as much as I am, and share like honor with myself; the others shall take my answer; stay here yourself and sleep comfortably in your bed; at daybreak we will consider whether to remain or go." (Homer IX 613-620) Achilles continues to refrain from directly engaging in the fight until his best friend, Patroclus, was killed in battle by the mighty Hector. Achilles is devastated by the loss of his friend, and he vows to revenge this atrocity himself. Achilles returns to the battlefield; and upon finding Hector, Achilles savagely slays the man with a spear into his throat.Achilles then allows the dead body of Hector to be mutilated by the sharp spears of his fellow Dannans. Achilles then proceeds to strap the carcass to his chariot and drags the body along, and ultimate act of disrespect and hatred.Achilles is over the edge, the death of Patroclus has brought out a rage that can only be quenched with the blood of Hector. Achilles is in...

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