Animosity: The True Theme of The Iliad.
The main theme of the Iliad is told in the first line, Homer requests the Muse to sing of the “”wrath of Achilles.” Homer uses Achilles wrath to underline and express Achilles flaws and mistakes. Achilles wrath is jumpstarted by his ego and sense of entitlement. His ego not only starts his anger and rage, it helps him make horrible choices ending with his closest friend dying, the prolonging of the war, and thousands of unneeded deaths. Achilles has the power to prevent all of these things from happening, but his grudges overcomes him and he begins to make the worst decisions that ends in the destruction innocent lives.
The anger of Achilles is aggravated by Agamemnon and Achilles. When looting…show more content… Even his own friend, his closest friend, Patroclus attempted to inspire the stuck-up warrior and his men, the response to his plea, was Achilles’ armor. He then sent off to fight Hector and was easily killed by Hector. When finding out that Patroclus was killed by Hector, Achilles channel all of his animosity from the Greek king, to Hector and joined the fight against the Trojans.
Achilles decision to rejoin the Greek campaign was not out of love for his fellow countrymen but instead as an excuse for reprisal and hate for Hector. Rather than accepting the embarrassment of Agamemnon aroused during the loss of his “prize” women, helping in the last push on Troy and finally finishing the campaign without more bloodshed, the stuck-up, selfish Achilles turned to inattentive actions, by allowing his fellow countrymen, who were innocent and who were called siblings in the years before the indescretion of Agamemnon, to die at the feet of Hector. Achilles is a great warrior and has the power to prevent more loss on his side and instead of fighting for others, he used it to please