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I have chosen Achilles to write my paper on because his character is the central story line in the Iliad Although it may seem that the main theme is about the totality and gruesomeness of when the poem is first read this is not the main focus The actual fighting and Trojan War could be compared to Saving Private Ryan We get raw details of the war without missing any of the descriptive details Achilles is the character I was most interested in because he was an extraordinary fighter man and hero We see how Achilles matures from a bloodthirsty warrior in the beginning to a more reserved and thoughtful man by the end of the Iliad Achilles is a semi-god because his mom Thetis is a goddess and his father Peleus is a mortal Achilles shows the greatest military skill of any Achaean and has the greatest fighting ability of all Trojan and Achaean warriors He is considered to worth an entire army when fighting in a battle In the beginning of the Iliad Achilles is known as a ruthless and unstoppable killing force Anyone he could not send to the House of Death he would hold as captives on his ship He did all of this killing and destruction for the glory When the Argives asked Achilles and his friend Patroclus to help them conquer Troy and get Helen back Achilles agreed only because of the glory and fame he could achieve from it Achilles had no reason to fight the Trojans because they had not wronged him at least not yet He joined the Argives because he felt this war would be the quickest way to gain glory Achilles wanted to become famous Achilles quickly became the Argives main fighting force Agamemnon the leader of the Argives called him the most violent man alive When Agamemnon takes Briseis his favorite prize Achilles become angry The reason Agamemnon took Briseis is because he
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