The Iliad

 Choose one topic: (Make sure to answer all sub-questions!) 1. Achilles does not conform to the idea of a Greek warrior as presented in the heroic code. How does Achilles differ from the usual Greek warrior? How do these differences affect the course of the story? How do these differences affect the heroic code itself?? 2. Achilles and Hector are the greatest warriors of the Greeks and Trojans, respectively, but they are very different people. What are some of the major differences between these two warriors and how do these differences show themselves during the course of The Iliad? 3. There is much debate as to the nature of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. Using the text of The Iliad and our class discussions, how do you see the relationship and why? 4. In Book 1 of The Iliad, Agamemnon and Achilles both violate the rules of the Heroic Code. How does each violate the rules? Whose violation is worse and why? 5. In Book 3 of The Iliad, we meet Helen, who blames herself for the war. Using the text of The Iliad and our class discussions, is she to blame? Why or why not? If not Helen, then who is responsible?

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