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English Greek Achilles Respect for Authority April 21 1998 Respect for authority plays an important role in The Iliad Achilles is a major character in it whose views on authority change throughout the book In Book One he seems to have no respect for King Agamemnon Achilles questions his judgment as well as rebelling against his authority This is shown best when Achilles says What a worthless burnt-out coward Id be called if I would submit to you and all your orders Pg 87 line 43-45 This is an outright lack of respect directed toward Agamemnon By Book Twenty-four however his views seem to have changed Achilles talks to King Priam of Troy with respect An example in Book twenty-four is when Achilles and King Priam weep together over their losses Book One portrays Achilles as an individualist This was the accepted way of life in the Bronze Age which is when Achilles lived The people who lived in Greece during that era were very selfish and self-centered Achilles is not the only character in The Iliad who acts this way Agamemnon king of the Greeks is also a very selfish character in this epic poem The conflicts between these two major characters have catastrophic results Because Agamemnon doesnt want to give up Chryseis his war-prize Apollo cast a plague on the Greeks Achilles goes to Agamemnon and asks him to return the girl to her father so the plague will end He agrees to return her but he doesnt want to be left empty-handed He returns Chryseis to her home and he takes Briseis a war-prize of Achilles Achilles is so angry with Agamemnon that he vows to stop helping him fight the Trojans As the battle goes on Agamemnon realizes how important Achilles and his Myrmidons are to the Achaean troops The King of the Greeks then swallows his pride and offers gifts to Achilles if he will come back and
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