The Role Of Nestor In The Iliad

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The Iliad is a book about struggle for power, passion and ultimately war. The main Character, Achilles is faced with adversity early in the conquest for troy. Achilles refuses to fight anymore. He is mad over the taking of his war price, a beautiful girl Briseis. He swears that he will never fight for the Greek army never again. The Greek army has a plethora of men who can do many things such as Calchus the soothsayer, Machaon the healer, then there is Nestor the wise. Nestor is the oldest solider in the Greek army. He is a trusted advisor of Agamemnon, leader of the Greek army. Nestor is known throughout the book to be quite devious and conniving, but not in a way that hurts the Greeks main outcome. He pulls strings to get the best outcome he can get. With his experience and knowledge “Nestor has been viewed as the prototype of wisdom anchored to the old age experience.” (Reisman) What Nestor doesn’t realize is that his original plan creates a snowball effect that will develop into one of the greatest conflict ever witness in the ancient world. Nestor is a minor character in Homers epic the Iliad, but his actions provide major development for the plot. Three key actions of Nestor changed the outcome of trojan war, the death of Patroclus, the rage of Achilles, and the death of Hektor. Nestor is truly the catalyst that brings a crushing defeat to the Trojans.

The Greeks are being slaughtered by the Trojans and Achilles is no were to be found during the Battle. Key soldiers
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