Character sketch of Achilles

Achilles is the greatest warrior of the epic “Iliad.” Though there are many great warriors such as Agamemnon, Hector, Ajax, Ulysses, etc., he is most excellent. He has all the marks of a great warrior. He has been closed to many powerful Gods. His mother and Father, Thetis and Peleus, were also God and Goddess. He has supernatural power. He was invaluable except for his heels because his mother dipped him in the River Styx when he was a baby.

Achilles was fighting the Trojan war against the Trojans. He was the bravest warrior of Achaeans. But once he quarrels with Agamemnon because Agamemnon demanded Achilles’ war prize Briseis as compensation for returning Chryseis to her father, Chryses. Achilles loved Briseis, and he did not want to give her to Agamemnon, but Agamemnon snatched her from him by force and insulted him a lot. So in anger, Achilles withdrew from the war and sent his mother Thetis to pray to Jove to help Trojans.

When Trojans came to know about the withdrawal of Achilles, then Hector, the bravest warrior of Trojans, started to slaughter Achaean fearlessly and was destroying everything than Patroclus, Achilles friend, requested him to return to war, but he disagreed. But he allowed his friend to fight the war as Achilles by Wearing his dress. Achilles’ friend Patroclus went to war and fought and destroyed Trojans, but in the end, he was killed by Hector.

When Achilles came to know about his friend’s death, he became furious, and he came back to war, and this time, he fought with Hector and killed him. But after killing Hector, he was not satisfied, so he took his corpse along with him and tortured it for ten days until his father came to him to beg for his son’s corpse.
In this Epic, Achilles has given a short-tempered character. He becomes furious at tiny things and starts to destroy everything. He was fighting against the Trojans, but when he was angry with Agamemnon, he withdrew from the war and sent his mother to pray to Jove to help the Trojans. He wanted to help his enemy when he quarreled with Agamemnon.

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