Homers story The Iliad spoke about quintessential “epic hero’s”  from Hector of Troy to Achilles. Achilles viewed by his troops the Myrmidons as a perfect worrier of quality and class, but like everything Achilles had strengths and weaknesses of a hero.  In this story Achilles has more Flaws that I feel cause a negative outlook to his “epic hero” aspect.

     I will agree that Achilles has much strengths, he was a demigod born from Thetis and his father Peleus. This gave him extraordinary strength compared to the average man, and he also had a close relationship with the gods, and was no doubt about it the best worrier in Achaean army. He also had a strength in his words, he did not hesitate to argue with Agamemnon in telling him “When the sharing comes, your share is far the largest, and I, forsooth, must go back to my ships, take what I can get and be thankful, when my labour of fighting is done” (Homer 130). Agamemnon is king of Mycenae and commander-in-chief of the Achaean army, speaking to him in the way Achilles shows his strength due to the fact I am sure if any ordinary man would have spoken to the king in such a manor would have been put to death. Unfortunately Achilles flaws repetitively obstructed his ability to act with integrity and nobleness.

     Achilles ego is what will ultimately cause him his death, he even stated “My mother Thetis tells me that there are two ways in which I may meet my end. If I stay here and fight, I shall not return alive but my name will live forever, whereas if I go home my name will die, but it will be long ere death shall take me.” (Homer 156). This proves that he is willing to die so that his name and legend will live on for the ages, Achilles also shows lack of control with rage and pride when it comes under attacked.  When Agamemnon returns Chryseis, but in return takes Brises (daughter of Briseus) reminding Achilles that he is king, his pride becomes hurt. He decided to abandon his brothers in arms, and even called upon his mother Thetis, the goddess of the sea, to influence.

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