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Is Achilles heroic The question is difficult to answer even if one gathers all possible bits of information about the acts that Achilles performed throughout the poem A hero is someone who is a man that shows courage and who is also admired by many people Yes in some instances Achilles was courageous but in others my opinion is that he wasnt Not only does a hero possess the unique qualities of courage and not only is he a likeable person he also is selfless putting the best interests of others in front of his very own At certain points throughout the poem Achilles appears to be in a selfish mode and he does and suggests things that are geared toward his own benefit So the question of Achilles heroism still lingers Is he or isnt he After I take a closer look at the Iliad and Achilles actions then I will conclude In the very first book of the Iliad Book I pp12-13 ll378-431 Achilles called on his mother who was goddess of the sea for her help Achilles was upset because Agamemnon had taken away Briseis his war prize who was given to him by the Greek soldiers He went to the sea and his mother Thetis arose as Achilles told her about how Agamemnon had dishonored him by stripping him of his girl He then asked Thetis to call upon Zeus and ask Zeus to let the Trojans win the battle against the Greeks so that the Trojans would realize how vital he was to the success of the army and they would all come back to him and restore the recognition which he felt was taken away form him when Briseis was taken from him The gesture was not at all heroic Without a doubt he was an important part of their army but in an army no man defeats the enemy single handedly teamwork is required Although I can sympathize
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