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Explain one of the motivations of Achilles in the Iliad as being the greatest of the Achaean warriors.

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Achilles is a fascinating character to explore in depth precisely because he has so many characteristics that point towards differing interpretations of his character. On the one hand, he possesses considerable strength and divine favour, yet on the other hand, he seems to lack maturity and is frequently overpowered by his emotions of anger, pride and rage. What drives him is the selfish desire to achieve glory and the need to be remembered throughout all generations, and this all-ecompassing goal is shown to cause the...

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