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The Fate Of Patroclus Throughout The Iliad Of Homer the constant theme of death is inherently apparent Each main character either by a spear or merely a scratch from an arrow was wounded or killed during the progression of the story For Zeus son Sarpedon it was a spear through the heart and for Hector it was the bronze of the mighty Achilles through his neck which caused his early demise It seems that no one could escape an agonizing fate Of these deaths the most interesting and intriguing death of all is that of Achilles dear friend Patroclus Although his life was taken by the mighty Hectors spear who was truly liable for his death Could it have been Zeus or Hector or the mighty Achilles to blame for this horrible death The intricate story line of The Iliad makes many possible answers available but only one possibility accurately explains the actions and events that led to this gruesome episode The only person to blame for the death of mighty Patrocles was himself First of all Patrocles was responsible for his own death because he requested his insertion into the battle fully knowing that the Achaeans were being unmercifully defeated In Book XVI Patroclus said Send me forth now at the head of the Myrmidon host That I may be a light of hope to the Danaans And let me strap on my shoulders that armor of yours That the zealous Trojans take me for you and quickly Withdraw from the fighting Because Achilles refused to help the Achaeans battle the Trojans a discontented Patroclus took the matter into his own hands by requesting activation into battle disguised as
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