Research Paper On Achilles

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Achilles is the central story line in the Iliad that is why I chose to write my paper on Achilles. It may look like the main theme is about the gruesomeness first read it, but that is not the main idea. The fighting and Trojan War is compared to “Saving Private Ryan.” It gives great details of the war without missing any of the details. Achilles is the character I was most interested in because he was a great fighter, man, and hero. You can see how Achilles becomes mature from a warrior in the beginning to a reserved and thoughtful man at the end of the Iliad. Achilles is called a semi-god because his mom, Thetis, is a goddess and his father, Peleus, is a mortal. Achilles has the best military ability than an Achaean and is the best at fighting…show more content…
Thetis gives Achilles a warning that if he goes back to the battle instead of going home he will die under Troy’s walls. Achilles had to make a decision. One choice is he can change his attitude and start respecting life, that means he would go home. Achilles other choice is to ignore his mom and fight anyway. If he keeps fighting he would die and be famous and almost and be known as a great warrior. While Achilles is deciding what to do Zeus sent Patroclus, Achilles best friend, back into battle and he died at the by Hector. Achilles is mad. He went back to fight very angry. Achilles did not go for his glory this time. He went back because his friend was worth alot to him and wants to avenge his death. Achilles chases the Trojans back to Troy. He chased Hector and killed him. Then he shows his body in a very bad way. Zeus sents King Priam. Priam is Hector’s dad and he went to get his son’s body. He wants to give his son a proper burial. Achilles does not want to return the body at the beginning, but Priam changed Achilles mind. Priam talked to Achilles about what killing is. He showed him the pain, suffering, and destruction that it causes

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