Essay Question 1. Comparing heroes 1: Achilles and Agamemnon’s attitudes in the Iliad Book 1
Thesis – Agamemnon was destined for a role bigger than his abilities, whereas Achilles, another fiery Greek, was destined for a role less than his abilities. Both men are magnificent men, but they are prone to rage, and they are both aware of their positions within the heroic code but resent/jealous of one another as they both desire traits and status the other holds.
One Is Born to Be King but is not One Is Born As King but is not worthy/ One Born to lead but forced to follow and one born to follow but forced to lead
Traits of a Good Leader Achilles and Traits of a Bad Leader ill temper unwise
Intro – The comparison between warrior Achilles man born with the traits to be a great leader who holds the heroic code above all else and doing more than what’s asked for but is forced cause of birth to follow and Agamemnon born from a long line of great kings, master of vast amount of wealth and power, but unable to be the shiny example of a great leader to the Greek Army often falling prey to self-doubt and sort sightedness.
Body 1 – Achilles Character analysis
Body 2 – Agamemnon Character analysis
Body 3 – Comparison and contrast Between Agamemnon and Achilles as leaders
Conclusion – Achilles self-confidence and pride put the lives of many Greeks in harm for going above his station and Agamemnon the powerful king who is unable to show face and humility when faced with doubts against his leaderships al puts his pride over the welfare of his men.
3 Passages That Back this up/ I might use more within book to back up my statements but these 3 helps aid my point.
1 – Achilles does more and tries to find out why the camp is plagued and tries to resolve the problem Lines 53-100
2 – Agamemnon insulting the Achilles Honour by confiscation Briseis Lines 101-147
3 – Agamemnon and Achilles Quarrel over the nature of the war, his compensation, lack of gratitude from both sides of men. Lines 148-187
Length: 2500-3000 words. Your word count must appear at the end of your text.
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Citation of ancient texts: As you are not required to use external sources, you will not be using the MLA style when quoting passages. You will follow the ancient text citation format:
Author, Work Title number of the book.lines or
Author, Work Title number of the lines-lines
Homer, Iliad 1.324-355 or
Hesiod, Theogony 4-10