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In Book IX of The Iliad by Homer Agamemnon gives gifts to Achilles to get help Therefore Agamemnon tries to bribe Achilles into following his agenda By giving specific gifts to fulfill personal desires apparent weaknesses are opened up in an attempt to manipulate them The first desire sex targets instinct and is represented by the gifts of women the second desire pridehonor targets ego and is represented by political power and control over cities the third desire wealth targets motivation and is represented by gold and money All these desires can be manipulated in order to attempt to gain a certain goal A deeply rooted desire in our instinct is sex represented by the women Agamemnon gives to Achilles Women to the Greeks were of great importance Therefore Ajax tries to convince Achilles to join the kings cause by mocking him when he rejects the gifts of women in essence trying to get at his pride And for one girl of whose fair sex we come to offer sevnThe most exempt for excellence and many a better prize Book IX Line 603-604 However Achilles does have a weakness for women and he does desire them since he is upset Brisis was taken from him As much as they as I myself lovd Brisis as my lifeAlthough my captive and had will to take her for my wife Book IX Line 330-331 Therefore because Agamemnon sees Achilles desire for women he tries to offer him many women in order to manipulate his weaknesses and get him to join forces with him once again the gifts are seven dames from Lesbos who were Renownd for skill in housewifery and bear the sovereign flamesFor beauty from their general sex which at thy overthrow Book IX Line 265-266 twenty beauteous Trojan dames and his daughters hand in marriage The qualities these women posses are everything that was needed from a woman in that era and would be all
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