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From the very beginning of the poem the character Achilles is one of the major foci of the story His actions of lack of actions have enormous effects upon how the plot unfolds Starting with the fight with Agamemnon and his withdrawal from the battle to the death of Patroklos and finally to the slaying of Hektor Achilles and his emotions decide the fate of many Greek and Trojan warriors It is his struggle against his anger pride loyalty and love that make this poem one of a tragic nature rather than just a gruesome account of a war Although the reputation of Achilles claims him to be the perfect warrior strongest of the Greeks the poem spends more time on the man than on his reputation I think the most obvious presentation of this occurs in the final book and is consistent with the character earlier in the poem I believe the most speculation about inconsistencies in Achilles character would center on his savageness towards the Trojans especially Hektor after the death of Patroklos and his sensitivity towards Priams plea for his sons body It could be considered odd that Achilles is so understanding to Priam and the burial of Priams son when not that long ago Achilles was dragging the body of Hektor around the grave of Patroklos This is the same corpse that Achilles vowed to feed to the dogs the man who slew Achilles dearest companion and led him to swallow his pride and return to the battlefield I believe that this is not the same Achilles we saw prior to the death of his loving companion Patroklos After Patroklos rode off into battle and was cut down by a mix of divine intervention and Hektor grief and the desire to revenge the death of Patroklos consumed Achilles Thus I feel his behaviour throughout these books where he is moved to battle is a function of his personality acting under tremendous
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