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From beginning to end of Homers The Iliad Achilles is portrayed as a man stagnant in his ways He is arrogant impatient unforgiving vengeful and extremely stubborn and these awful attributes never cease Achilles lack of compassion perplexes the present situation involving the Achaens and the Trojans by making it difficult to figure out which side is truly good and evil--both sides have good reason to fight Even though Achilles is set in his ignorant ways he does manage to do some good at the end of the story However even though he displays this act of unselfishness the fury within Achilles causes him to remain the unchanging selfish man that he truly is Agamemnon has just insulted Achilles in front of all the Achaeans and because of this incident Achilles decides to return home rather than stay and fight with his own people Returning to his tent Achilles calls upon his mother Thetis a goddess to beg Zeus for one favor Persuade him somehow to help the Trojan cause to pin the Achaeans back against their ships trap them round the bay and mow them down So all can reap the benefits of their king-- so even mighty Atrides can see how mad he was to disgrace Achilles the best of the Achaeans 1485-490 Rather than put his anger aside and continue to help in the battle Achilles being the best warrior not only stops fighting he summons his mother to ask Zeus to make his people suffer His pride and arrogance overrun his rational thinking and his attempt to make his own people suffer as he watches makes his disgusting behavior incomprehensible Zeus complies with Thetis request and the Trojans eventually force the Achaeans back to their ships After many great losses Agamemnon sends messengers to Achilles to ask the great warrior to rejoin the battle Reviewing the gifts of Agamemnon Achilles replies I say no wealth is
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