Maybe He’s Born With It, Maybe It’s Achilles’ Privilege Ap English Literature Essay

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Homer distinguishes Achilles from the other characters in the Iliad as the “best of the fighting Achaeans” by emphasizing his godlike abilities and connections. Homer immediately begins book one referring to Achilles as “godlike” and glorifying his rage. Not only is Achilles’ rage emotional, but it is physical in that it, “cost the Greeks/ Incalculable pain, and pitched countless souls” (1. 2-3). These lines portray Achilles as an outstanding soldier because of his strong-mindedness and intense passion. In addition to his character traits, Achilles’ mother, Thetis, is an immortal nymph making him a demigod with limited weakness, a close relationship with the gods, and a natural-born passion for war. One example of Achilles’ advantages occurs after he threatens to return to Phthia and leave the Greek army. Agamemnon responds by saying, “You actually like fighting and war. / If you’re all that strong, it’s just a gift from some god” (1. 187-188). Although this statement was intended to insult Achilles, it shows his advantage as an emotionally invested warrior as well as a demigod....

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