The reaction from Achilles was immediate, the son of Peleus was furious, and his heart within his shaggy breast was divided whether to draw his sword, push the others aside, and kill the son of Atreus, or to restrain himself and check his anger.
Achilles and his myrmidons, the only force capable of defeating the Trojan prince Hector and his host, Achilles' Influence and Morality in" The Iliad" Essay 1229 Words 5 Pages From the first few lines of the Iliad, Achilles influence is evident; the poet describes Achilles rage, Black and murderous, that cost the Greeks Incalculable pain, pitched countless souls Of heroes into Hades dark, And left their bodies to rot as feats (1.
15). Achilles struggles with anger, honor, pride, loyalty and love make the poem more that just a gruesome war story. A large source of Achilles anger started with his fight with Agamemnon. Apollo put a plague on the Achaean soldiers that was killing them off. In the Iliad, Achilles' initial anger is a direct result of an act that Achilles perceives to be an attack on his personal honor. Agamemnon takes Briseis from Achilles. Agamemnon takes Briseis from Achilles.
Thus begins Homer's Iliad, a narrative, on certain levels, of the anger of Peleus' son Achilleus. This anger, divine wrath, of Achilleus is at the center of the epic, an element that drives the action forward. The Iliad Essay 657 Words 3 Pages. The Iliad The Iliad tells the story of the Trojan War, which lasted 10 years.
The Grecians eventually won the war, but the outcome could have very easily shifted due to a quarrel between King Agamemnon and Achilles. Pride and anger is what the two men were fighting about. Focus on how the gods instigate or further the conflicts, such as Apollo sending the plague that opens" The Iliad" and causes Achilles' loss of Briseis, or examine which gods seem to be the most powerful.
The Iliad is about the Trojan War, but it is primarily about the war as it is affected by Achilles' wrath, or anger. Achilles is the main character, and his inaction, or withdrawal from the fighting, is crucial to the plot.