For this session you have four options. Choose one only. If you have an interest
For this session you have four options. Choose one only. If you have an interest in writing about the second issue as well, why not take that over to the regular discussion forum? Option #1 The Character of Achilles As you know, the poet sings "the wrath of Achilles." But Achilles is a more complex character than that, isn’t he? The adolescent pique of book one is very different from the Achilles who deals with Agamemnon’s embassy in Book 9. The killing machine who stalks the plain after Hector’s killing of Patroclus is more like a force of nature than a possible human being, don’t you think? But all that unravels at Priam’s supplication of Achilles in Book 24. Or seems to unravel, anyway. Can you locate a coherent character for Achilles? Option #2 The Quarrel Who is responsible for the toxic quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles? Throughout the Iliad, Achilles denounces Agamemnon for threatening to steal his war prize. Briseis, and insists that to be the source of the rupture. Agamemnon certainly, and other characters perhaps, see things quite differently. What is closest to right on this matter? Option #3 Hector's Dilemma? Book 6 takes Hector back inside the city of Troy. Among other things he engages in a emotionally fraught farewell with Andromache as he prepares to return to the battle (lines 405-530). There you'll find the outcome of the war, and the fate of the Trojans forecast. It's bleak picture indeed: Andromache given as a war prize to some Greek warlord. for example. But that melds with his pride and hopes for his infant son, who, famously, pulls back in terror at the sight of his father in his battle helmet. Is Hector someone to be admired here? Or pitied? An exemplary warrior, prince, father, or just a fool? Option #4 Divine Power? During the quarrel, Achilles moves to draw his sword to kill Agamemnon but is restrained by Athena, with whom he has a bit of a hobnob about what will happen next. Strangely, no one else notices any of that. How is that possible? Why do things happen that way in the story? Christopher Logue plays this scene quite differently, staging it as Athena "stops time." Does that work?

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