The Iliad, bks. 21-24 The poem: it's about rage. The title says, the thing about Troy. But it's about Troy Rage: it keeps Achilles from fighting. Then it is what drives Achilles to fight, refusing to sleep and eat. Achilles: almost a god. Achilles has turned a point: he used to spare Trojans, especially those in suppliance. Now, he spares no one. Showdown between Hector and Achilles. All the other Trojans have fled into the city. Achilles chases Hector around the city 3 times before Athena tells him to sit and says that she will convince Hector to fight by pretending to be her brother. Achilles kills him. Refuses to hand over the body. Sacrifices people and stallions and dogs. Holds funeral games for Patroclus. Book starts with a fight over prizes. Begins to end with a fight of how much prize one can give! Turning into a city of peace where violence exists nonetheless. Achilles concedes that Agamemnon is the winner automatically in the spear throw. Thus ends the feud between Achilles and Agamemnon Priam shows up at Achilles tent to beg for his son's body back, and Achilles hands him over. Priam wants to see Hector but must hold back. Achilles wants to kill Priam but must hold back. This is a point where violence is easy, but it cannot come to pass. To die is easy, to live is hard. That is the ultimate message of the last three speeches done by the women. The funeral pyres are held for Hector at Achilles word that the fighting will stop long enough for the burial. Wed. Sept 22, 2010 Wednesday, September 22, 2010 10:21 AM Greek History Page 1
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