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The Character of Achilles The Iliad by Homer is an epic poem that tells us about the famous Trojan War. Throughout this poem, Homer presented every character with their specific characteristics such as the role they played in each other lives, their flaws, and strengths and emotions that they evoked at particular settings in the course of this tremendous story. Achilles, the great Greek Warrior and principal character of this epic all along said things, did things and made choices that essentially took the story to a different direction. However, the question that still remains is if any of those choices changed Achilles himself. An analysis of books one, nine, sixteen, eighteen and twenty four from the Iliad will help us bring more clarity to this assertion. In book 1, Achilles expressed various types of feelings. As the greatest warrior of this whole war, he felt strong, powerful, proud and all mighty because he always came back victorious from battles with his army of Myrmidons for the past nine years. On the other hand, he also felt disrespected and concerned because Agamemnon decided to take possession of his “Timé” and members of his troops were dying. For all those reasons, Achilles decided to leave with the remaining members of his troops and go back home: “So home we sail…if we can escape our death-if war and plague are joining forces now to crush the Argives.” (68-70) In book 9, a delegation of 3 people (Odysseus, Phoenix and Ajax) was formed by Agamemnon to convince Achilles to bring him back to continue to fight for the lord of men. Because of his absence, the Greeks were being defeated by the Trojans. Previously in book 1, Achilles was talking out of anger because of the setting he was in. Being at home made him feel more comfortable and at ease to open himself and to express what he was feeling, especially to three people that he had a lot of...

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