Is Achilles selfish or self-preserving? He can be both from different points of views. In one way he is shown not wanting to go to war because he is upset about Agamemnon taking a woman from Achilles and since that happened he is being a jerk and not want to fight for him. On another side, he is shown doing that right thing a giving Agamemnon what he deserves, losing the war and/or dying in the process. Though one person might things that he has one side more than the other, another person says the opposite.
The Iliad by Homer is perhaps one of the greatest literary works ever crafted. Having remained culturally relevant for thousands of years, the epic poem depicts life and death in the midst of war. However, Homer’s tale isn’t really about physical war. Instead, Homer expertly crafts a tale about the war each human fights when they determine his or her values. On one side of the war is Achilleus, self-centered and emotional, doing only what pleases him.
The Four Great Themes are found in both the Iliad and the Odyssey. The themes; coming of age, fate, “hospitality” and women are all portrayed in some way throughout both Epics. Coming of Age is the main theme of the “Telemachy” but there are many other episodes to be noted throughout the Iliad and the Odyssey. One episode in the Iliad of Coming of Age occurs between Achilles and Thetis. Starting on page 161, line 117, Achilles states, “Yes, the warlord Agamemnon angered me.
In book VI of The Iliad Hector is a devoted man, a husband, a father, and son. He is a family guy, he has no care for shame it's not something he really cares about. He sometimes gets emotionally carried away, treating his victims with cruelty. “This is the wife of Hector, who was ever the bravest fighter of the Trojans, breakers of horses, in the days when they fought about Ilion.
Aeneas seems to be similar to that of Homer’s Achilles in the latter books of the Aeneid. Achilles and Aeneas share similar qualities within their characterization. Although both characters also display many differences throughout each of the epic poems, in book twelve of the Aeneid clearer similarities between the two characters become evident. The main similarity between these characters in latter books of the Aeneid is displayed when Aeneas kills Turnus. Aeneas’ rage at Pallas’ death by Turnus becomes evident and Aeneas seeks to kill Turnus as revenge.
It’s ancient times before the reign Napoleon or Romans. Before the Persian War and even before Athens built her Parthenon or Sparta held Thermopylae. It’s the era of the Greek city-states where numerous legends and tales born. One of which being the timeless Iliad told by Homer. The Iliad displays a tale of heroes that fight for the Greek or Trojan cause.
Dante first met Beatrice at a party his father took him to at the Portinari house. Dante was immediately smitten with her. At the time, Dante was nine and Beatrice a year younger. Although she married another man, Dante remained in love with her since they met. Beatrice died at 24 years, but Dante continued to love and respect her.
One of the founding principles in the Iliad is the Homeric code. The hero’s belief that honor is more important than anything, even death. They strive for this allusive concept of immortality through the deeds they accomplish and the honor that they are able to attach to their name and lineage. It is a theme that helps to carry the story line along and gives a viable reason for his characters to act on certain ways. A Homeric character does not fear death in its entirety; instead he fears the shame of a dishonorable death and not achieving that allusive perfection that they seek to define themselves as.
In Book Nine of The Iliad, the focus is of the story is on the character of Achilles, the desperation the Achaeans suffer in their need for this great warrior as well as his refusal to return into the fighting to assist his comrades, due to his rage with Agamemnon. In particular, one of the most important scenes of Book Nine is from approximately line 443 through line 473, in which Achilles bluntly refuses the gifts offered to him by Agamemnon in recompense for stealing away Achilles’ war-prize Briseis. This passage demonstrates the depth of the rage of Achilles as well as his sense of pride, as he chooses to remain absent from the fighting, even in the Achaeans’ moment of sheer desperation, due to his deep hatred for Agamemnon. As
Through several chapters, Homer illustrates the different example of virtues and vices. He shows how they should be exhibited and the way they should be controlled. Anger is one of the vices that is a constant theme throughout his works. Anger is shown negatively when it consumes and overwhelms a person and their actions. Anger is a vice in both the text because it distorts a life of aréte for Homer and the holiness that is shown in god.