The first event was when Briseis, Achilles’ war prize, was taken away from him when Agamemnon had to give up his own war prize, Chryseis, to her father Chryses who was the Priest of Apollo. Achilles was beyond outraged by Agamemnon’s arrogance that he insulted Agamemnon’s capabilities as a leader, and withdrew from the troop. “You drunkard, with eyes like a bitch and heart like a fawn! You never arm yourself with your men…so truly a time will come where Achilles will be missed…” (Homer 15). Achilles’ hot temper is an example of his reaction to being dishonored.
Agamemnon answered back that he would give back the priests daughter but in return for his loss, he would take Achilles spoil, Briseis. Achilles is gripped with rage and strongly considers killing Agamemnon on the spot, “should he draw the long sharp sword slung at his hip, thrust through the ranks and kill Agamemnon now? – or check his rage and beat his fury down (pg. 124 – 125)?” Although still extremely angry, Achilles listens to the voice of Athena and pulls back his fury, “…a man submits though his heart breaks with fury. Better for him by far.
The very sight of him throws fear into the hearts of, otherwise courageous warriors. A true man of war, Agamemnon calls him, “ the most violent man alive” (p 107). With his fierce nature and taste for war also comes his prideful ways. When this delicate pride is damaged by the public disgracing Agamemnon brings upon him by taking his war prize, he selfishly decides to withdraw from battle. Achilles goes to his divine mother for the malicious reason of asking Her to beg Zeus for help in getting reprisal on Agamemnon.
It is in the following books that Achilles shows some of his not to desirable qualities, yet in these qualities the character of Achilles is ultimately developed. Homer describes the plot of Achilles to avenge his disgrace at the hand of Agamemnon. He has his mother, the goddess Thetis, ask Zeus to punish the Achaeans on behalf of her and Achilles. Zeus reluctantly agrees to this, and Achilles success in having the whole of his people subjected to a brutal and costly war to get his ‘revenge' on Agamemnon. As the Trojan War presses foreword, taking countless lives of both Trojan and Achaean alike, Achilles stands by and watches, unwilling to participate in the battle even when an apology from Agamemnon and pleading from his comrades is presented to him.
Another example is King Priam, Hector’s father who wept freely informs of Achilles to fight for his son proper burial. This is resembles in Salammbo when Salammbo goes back to Matho to get her veil back even if it is meant putting her life at risk. These events leads to the text, “And so the Trojans buried Hector breaker of horses”. This text emphasizes that the Trojans thankfulness and gratitude to be able to bury their own. Even though Hectors was a skilled fighter, “breaker of horses”, he was not strong enough to with stand the confident and murderous Achilles.
CONSUMING RAGE: THE REAL ACHILLES HEAL Achilles consuming rage is his tragic... ... middle of paper ... ... Achilles in the heel, his one weak point, and the greatest warrior of all met his inevitable fate of death (Homer). Achilles was killed at the hands of the young prince that started the war, fate finally caught up with him, the tragic hero falls. CONCLUSION In The Iliad Achilles is the example for the tragic hero because of his individuality and rage. Achilles came face to face with his fate in Troy. By going to war he was signing his own death certificate, but because of his hubris he went and fought.
Achilles’ rage begins with “the clash between [he and] Agamemnon” (7; p.107). A plague has been cast upon the men because Agamemnon refused to return Chryseis to her father the humble priest Chryses. Ten years into the siege of Troy and ten days into the plague cast by Apollo, Hera planted a thought and Achilles decides to speak up. He and Agamemnon argue about returning the girl and even after Agamemnon decides that he will, Achilles still abuses him. It would seem that Achilles is harboring some ill feelings toward his commander calling him a “…greedy glory-hou... ... middle of paper ... ...e can see the meaning importance of these words.
Achilles’s audacity brings about the destruction of many Achaeans. The story begins with Agamemnon arguing with a priest because he wanted his daughter back. Achilles being as logical as possible tells Agamemnon to return the girl and that his warriors would find him an even greater war prize. Agamemnon short tempered as he is assumes Achilles is trying to hold on to his war prize while he had to give his away and they begin to biker. After the girl was returned Agamemnon sent his men to take Achilles war prize.
Othello, in an outrage, believes everything Iago tells him and accuses his wife of being adulterous saying “she’s like a liar gone to burning hell” (V, ii, 132) and “she is false as water” (v, ii, 137). Being that Othello is insecure about his age and race – he is both old and black – he constantly questions Desdemona’s loyalty to him. Therefore, he is easily convinced that Desdemona was unfaithful when Iago torments him. Othello says, “ 'Tis destiny unshunnable, like death” (III, iii, 277). Othello believes his race and age made him destined to be cheated on.
He wanted to be with Desdemona badly and because Othello married her without consent he is jealous of him. This begins Roderigo's resentment to Othello, and his thoughts on ruining him. Also, since Othello has married Desdemona without Barbantio's approval. Roderigo helps Iago with his plan to make Desdemona's father aware of the situation, due to the fact that they both want to sabotage Othello. Iago says to Roderigo, "Call up her father,/ Rouse him.