Achilles Grief In The Iliad

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The death of Patroclus causes Achilles to experience an emotion not associated with a hero: grief. He experienced some grief with the loss of Bricseis, but the death of Patroclus causes Achilles anguish. Achilles decides to fight in the war because the Trojans have now personal done him harm. He slaughters countless of Trojans to confront the person behind his grief: Hector, “So you thought you could get away with it Didn’t you, Hector? Killing Patroclus And ripping off his armor, my armor (Book XXII 1. 364-7). Achilles feels his satisfaction will only be filled through Hector’s death. The Trojan War will end with Hector, but Achilles war with himself is far from over. Though the enemy caused him uncontrollable grief, death of Hector will produces of positive character trait that…show more content…
The gods lack this virtue because of their immortality, “Were seated all the gods, blessed, eternal” (Book XXIV l. 107). The life of god is filled with nothing but pleasure and enjoyment, while a mortal’s life is filled pleasure and pain. The lack of understanding Achilles had the “misfortune” of having both deity and mortal components; these two components cause difficulties for Achilles. He is able to experience the pleasures of life like a god; however, he also has to experience the hardships. The hardships associated with war helped improve Achilles mortal component. His conversation with Hector’s father, Priam, displayed a softer side of Achilles; the rage that once defined him as disappeared for the moment. It is this conversation that sheds light to Achilles’s rage: his father, “He spoke, and sorrow for his own Welled up in Achilles…And Achilles cried for his father and For Patroclus” (Book XXIV l. 544-5; 550-1). The thought of his father and comrade triggers Achilles’s mortal component and he releases Hector’s corpse to Priam; however his compassion is short lived as he threatens death on

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