In Homer’s The Iliad, epic hero Achilles serves as an example of how rage, when unchecked, leads to disastrous repercussions. Achilles, though nearly superhuman in his physical abilities, struggles repeatedly to contain his anger. Throughout The Iliad, as Achilles’ fury compounds, the consequences of his actions become catastrophic, eventually leading to the death of his best friend, Patroclus. Although Achilles ultimately chooses to avenge Patroclus’ death and achieve his own kleos, or honor, his rage-driven actions lead to the death of many Achaean soldiers, and change the course of his fate. Agamemnon’s taking of Briseis enrages Achilles and spurs him to remove himself from the war, leading to a massive death toll in the Achaean forces.
Homer’s “The Iliad” uses Achilles, our epic hero, as a demonstration of the power rage has over men, and how that in turn affects fate. Achilles, though sometimes considered godlike in his sheer power, often succumbs to his overwhelming rage--eventually at the expense of his best friend’s life, and nearly his own honor. Although Achilles ultimately chooses to avenge Patroclus’ death and achieve his own kleos, his initial rage-fueled decision to withdraw his participation in the war leads to the death of many Achaean soldiers at the hands of the Trojan forces, thus demonstrating the power prideful rage has in determining fate. Achilles’ initial refusal to battle alongside Agammemnon, motivated by his fury at being publicly shamed, leads to
Odysseus And The Kraken My men were exhausted , From fighting Polyphemuüs the Cyclops. We were ready to leave the island, until Polyphemus came out of his cave. I knowing that the beast was angry, I thought to myself and Decided to make the beast even angrier. "No Man", but he, Odysseus, who had blinded you.”, I said After that, My Men and I Left the beast’s island, I now know that I Odysseus will make it to Ithaca. My Home, Where my wife penelope and my son telemachus,who I haven't seen for 20 Years, waiting for me to arrive in Ithaca.
From the onset of the book, death is a recurring event, persistent throughout the entire poem. In many ways, the Odyssey is the story of the death of all of Odysseus’ friends and fellow fighters during their return home from conquering Troy. These deaths are particularly heartbreaking to Odysseus because, normally, one would expect that all dying would conclude with the end of the war against Troy. In this case, however, the anticipation of his return to his family at home became a series of tragedies. This sequence of events changes his view and molds Odysseus’ character in regard to his surviving friends and family.
Madison McDonald Dr. Travis Montgomery ENGL 2213-02 16 March 2018 Violence in The Aeneid The Aeneid is bursting with violent acts from the beginning to the end. The main character, Aeneas, constantly faces conflict from both humans and gods. Aeneas is a Trojan hero and prince who embodies pietas, driven by duty, honor, and devotion, which makes him an example of an ideal Roman citizen. Aeneas was called by the gods and determined to be a successful founder of Rome, but he faced complications along the journey. In each conflict along the way, Aeneas dealt with fighting and violence and could not find peace until the end.
This is proven many times throughout the book. Many times he talks about how he is an immortal being, and when his own wife begs him not to leave the house on the Ides of March, this was is the response: “Caesar should be a beast without a heart, If he should stay at home today for fear. No, Caesar shall not. Danger knows full well that Caesar is more dangerous than he.” (2.2.45-48) This is just one example of his arrogance, but it is proven many more times throughout the book. Caesar was so arrogant that he didn’t even think
James Galetti Professor Russell Western Heritage 1 05 October 2016 Is Achilles’ rage justified? In the Iliad, the character of Achilles has numerous character flaws that cause him to have blinded judgement towards his actions as well as shutting out everyone around within the epic poem. Achilles’ rage keeps him from being the hero that we were supposed to see him as. Achilles’ anger has lead to him committing cruel behavior; a large majority of the horrific violence within Homer’s story, comes from Achilles’ relentless rage. But is his rage truly without proper cause and justification?
War is the catalyst to all of the competition between the characters, as well as many other problems. Because of the original competition of the World War II in the novel, many other instances of competition were created. Donald Kovis’ article provides substantial support of the depressing issues produced by
When faced with such danger, many warriors turn to cowards, yet Wulfgar continues to fight for his king. The warrior race began to dwindle “You're the last of all our far-flung family. Fate has swept our race away” [Lines 821-822]. Beowulf realizes that many men are pusillanimous and there are few true warriors
But once they go and battle for their life, the men do not stay true to power they have. Battling Scylla, “... making her strike, whisking six of my best men from the ship” (585 Homer). More and more men die on the way to the point that Odysseus will be all alone. Continuing to travel back to Ithaca, Odysseus’ then loses his shpi later on which brings us back to the introduction of the Odyssey. Lastly, once he returns to Ithaca after a 20 year absence as a beggar, he wants to get his life back.
The Trojan War is one of the most important historical events that occurred in Greek Mythology . The film Troy is based on Homers ' account of the Trojan War in the Iliad. The film begins with a peace agreement between Sparta and Troy. This agreement is nonexistent when Paris and Helen, the wife of Menelaus flee to Troy together. Menelaus, King of Sparta, declares war on Troy owing to the fact that Paris fled to Troy with his wife, Helen, along with Agamemnon, his brother the King go Mycenae, who wants to bring down the Trojans under his command.
The situation was too horrible for Ishmael, he “screamed at the top of [his] lungs and began to cry as loudly as [he] could, punching and kicking with all [his] might into the weak walls that continued to burn. [He] had lost [his] sense of touch. [His] hands and feet punched and kicked the burning walls, [he] couldn’t feel a thing” (Beah 95). In this moment, Ishmael lost almost any hope he had left of getting out of the war. Ishmael was mentally too far gone to have hope, and all he has left is revenge for his family.
Darius I shifted his forces to the bay at Marathon. Highly outnumbered, the Athenians boldly confronted and defeated the Persians and forced them to renounce further invasion plans. Xerxes, son of Darius now sought the blood of his enemies. In 480 BC, Xerxes overpassed the Hellespont via the twin bridges he ordered to be constructed. The Greeks had insufficiently
Backing away, proud at his work, he went on home. He had killed the men who took his mother’s life yet impulsive he was and mad crazed that he could no longer stop. Fear quickly spread across the lands of Both mortals and immortals alike. Attack after attack, on every full moon, lamenting that Their family appointed meetings would no longer resume. Apollo charged until Earth had become almost desolate.