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Reminiscent of a Beast or God Aristotle said The man who is incapable of working in common or who is his self-sufficiency has no need of others is no part of the community like a beast or god Merriam-Websters dictionary defines self-sufficiency as able to maintain oneself or itself without outside aid capable of providing for ones own needs In Homers The Iliad Achilles was not only the main character but also the figure that best describes the characteristics of man as defined by Achilles Achilles was the son of the mortal Peleus and the Nereid Thetis He was also the mightiest of the Greeks who fought in the Trojan War When Achilles was a boy the seer Calchas prophesied that the city of Troy could not be taken without his help Achilles mother Thetis knew that if her son went to Troy he would die an early death Therefore she disguised him as a young girl but he was finally penetrated by Odysseus and began to capture the Trojan territory Achilles destine is death and although he is aware of that he makes his own choices This is the first characteristic of Achilles that hinders Aristotles statement He is self-sufficient in one sense yet in another he is not The other aspect that he is not self-sufficient is that of women He was known to have a number of romantic episodes along with the prize he won in The Iliad In Achilles encounter with Agamemnon he cant be bought by Agamemnon because his claimed his life is more important that goods It seems as though a beast or God could not be bought with goods as well therefore Achilles fits Aristotles description as a God-like figure In the time frame of Aristotles quote a beast would be described as a person that is despised which would also fit Achilles character Although he was the mightiest of the Greeks he was not the biggest
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