How is the complaint the Achilles conveys to his mother  related to him having chosen a short but glorious life?

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In the final analysis, Achilles approaches his mother with the underlying assertion that he has opted for greatness in the short term  of being.  Achilles' approaching his mother in the first book is a clear statement that he finds it acceptable to have a short life if glory and honor are represented.  The complaint to his mother in which he begs her to plead with Zeus for intervention is related to Achilles' own pride, a brutally human part...

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