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Free Essays - Achilles Moral Dilemma in Homers Iliad :: Iliad essays
Achilles Moral Dilemma in Homers Iliad The question was Achilles passion justified brings up issues that seem to take a crap little or no relevance to the war. In time of war I would expect the leaders to prioritize the groups interest for the sake of unity and cooperation or else than being entrenched in achieving their own personal goals. But my expectations are those of a modern day literature student, Im inclined to think that the Greeks who first demand this epic valued different things than myself. Another relevant question might be were Achilles actions justified. Anger can be easily justified, but the actions that anger might lead you to take are not as easily justified. Again I am not an ancient Greek and my opinions are tangential unless I open my mind to different viewpoints. Therefore I am striving to look into this issue through ancient Greek eyes where the doctrine of sacrificing ones own interests was apparently not valued, but maintaining ones honor, on the other hand, was greatly valued. In the following paragraphs I will attempt to answer these two aforementioned(prenominal) questions. The facts of this conflict are all pretty straight forward and by recounting the facts I hope to bring to light the truths that justify Achilles anger. First finish off Agamemnon had distributed the booty fairly and all the more powerful Achaeans had gotten a concubine, Agamemnon just happened to choose the daughter of one of Apollos priest. When Apollo sends a plague to the Achaean camp Achilles business concern for his comrades leads him to call an assembly with the purpose of interpreting the plague and taking necessary action. Agamemnon reluctantly agrees to return his concubine to her father if he is repaid another concubine by one of the other powerful Achaeans. At this Achilles stands up for himself and the other Achaeans, he insults Agamemnon by saying that Agamemnon claims his greatness. When Agamemnon takes Achilles con cubine, Achilles probably expected the other Achaeans to stand up for him as he had done for them earlier. But he is left alone. His honor insulted by a man that he had served loyally. Humiliated, by a group of people to whom he owed nothing. A great sense of betrayal overcame Achilles.