February 3rd 2015
How would you describe the personality of Achilles?
I see Achilles as ill-tempered and reactionary because he cannot control his temper and becomes furious when his pride is hurt. He is very prideful and will do basically anything for his name to be remembered. His mother, a Goddess and fortune teller, tells him his fate, if he goes to Troy to fight Hector his name will be forgotten. He still goes because of his strong desire to avenge his best friend and cousin Patroclus’ death. I think this shows that, even though prideful, he is also very loving and cared deeply for people especially his family and close friends. His rage is very evident in his personality throughout The Iliad. In the section of The Iliad read, his anger is shown at Hector for killing Patroclus, it is apparent that pride and anger are a major part to his personality.
How do Achilles and Gilgamesh compare as epic heroes?
Achilles was a warrior in the epic poem The Iliad written by Homer and Gilgamesh was a king in “The Epic of Gilgamesh” both characters are part man and part god. Achilles is the son of Peleus- the king of Thessay and Thetis- Goddess of the sea. Gilgamesh is called the son of Lugalbanda, king of Uruk, and the goddess Ninsun, Both of the main heroes share many similar characteristics, including a dynamic outlook on life and death, centered on the death of their closest friends. For Achilles he loses his cousin and closest friend Patroclus in a battle with Hector and Gilgamesh loses Endiku. They both chase fame and both go into battle against their perceived enemy.
1. The Greek gods offered no moral code, no commandments, no designated form of worship to the people. What effects do you supposed that had on Greek society? Be specific in your answer.
I believed it allowed spirituality and morality to be left open to interpretation. The Greeks went to oracles to have priest