Achilles


In the modern world, people, as a society, have always given themselves a goal or goals that they would like to attain at some point during their lifetime. Many people seek to attain riches, love, happiness or high stature within society. When we people set that goal, we tend to mold our lifestyles around it. As people work throughout their lives to achieve this ultimate goal, it becomes apparent to others what it is we are working so hard for. Just as this pattern is evident in modern society, it can also be seen in the times of Homer, particularly in the great Greek epic, the Iliad. This distinct pattern can be seen in , one of the most vital characters in the story. , being the ...

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of his dead body, and puts it on himself. Hektor is described as “riding around in all its glory”. After word of Patroklos’ death, the Achaians are intensely dejected. To show just how disheartened the Greeks are, Homer describes the men as lamenting.
“(Then sighing heavily)… my dear companion has perished, Patroklos, whom I loved beyond all other companions, as well as my own life…Thetis spoke to him, letting tears fall” (377, Iliad, 18.78).
It can be sensed that, although in deep mourning for his lost friend, is just as well upset because he sensed a slight degree of failure.
“Now, since I am not going back to the beloved land of my fathers, since I was no light of safety to Patroklos, nor to my other companions…”(378, Iliad, 18.101).
This failure in the sense that, being the greatest warrior in all the land able to kill hordes of men at will, was incapable of saving the person that mattered the most to him. This ...

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Added: 11/19/2008 04:08:37 PM
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