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How does Achilles change Why does the change take place Which personality is the true AchillesInitially Achilles is selfish and petty He refuses to fight in the war because Agamemnon takes Briseis His selfishness causes the death of many Argives Without the strength and power of Achilles no other Greek warrior is able to repel the powerful Hector Achilles understands this and refuses to fight unless the Greeks recognize him as the supreme commander When Agamemnon offers Achilles a plentiful amount of elegant gifts Achilles says No not even then could Agamemnon bring my fighting spirit around until he pays me back pays full measure for all of his heartbreaking outrage264 Because Achilles refuses to fight Patroclus decides to lead Achilles troops in honor of himAfter the death of Patroclus Achilles personality changes He begins to feel remorse because he allows his friend to go to battle without considering the major risk that he takes The death of Patroclus indicates to Achilles that he has been acting immature and inspires him to go to battle His presence is very useful in the battle and Achilles slays Hector After slaying his friends killer he goes back to the Argive camp to lead the funeral games in honor of Patroclus Achilles rewards the contestants by giving them prizes which come from his most treasured possessions Described in the book He had them sit in a great and growing circle- now for funeral games- and brought from his ships the trophies for the contestants 567 When the funeral games end Achilles continues to grieve for Patroclus and torture the body of Hector in honor of him Surprisingly Achilles agrees to return body of Hector back to Priam He says So be it The man who brings the ransom can take away the body if Olympian Zeus himself insists in
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