To begin with Achilles and examples of his unchanged rage starting with this passage right after Agamemnon told Achilles he will take Achilles’s prize, Briseis, “Grief came upon the son of Peleus, and within his shaggy breast his heart was divided, whether he should draw his sharp sword from beside his thigh, and break up the assembly, and slay the son of Atreus, or stay his anger and curb his spirit.” (Book 1). His anger was also similar when he was dragging along the body of Hektor “Neither would he fail to mark the Dawn, as she shone over the sea and the sea-beaches, but would yoke beneath the car his swift horses, and bind Hector behind the chariot to drag him withal; and when he had haled hi...
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...his brows spake to him Achilles swift of foot: “Provoke me no more, old sir; I am minded even of myself to give Hector back to thee…” (book 24). But Achilles even goes to the length of allowing Priam the time to properly bury his dead son showing that his rage has been subdued by compassion “If thou indeed art willing that I accomplish for goodly Hector his burial, then in doing on this wise, O Achilles, wilt thou do according to my wish… For nine days ' space will we wail for him in our halls, and on the tenth will we make his funeral, and the folk shall feast, and on the eleventh will we heap a barrow over him, and on the twelfth will we do battle, if so be we must.” Then spake to him in answer swift-footed, goodly Achilles:“Thus shall this also be aged Priam, even as thou wouldest have it; for I will hold back the battle for such time as thou dost bid.” (book 24).
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