What is the significance of Achilles in the Iliad?

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Achilles is a central character in the Iliad and the Greek's greatest warrior. Significantly, he is the given the choice between living a long and peaceful life at home or achieving heroic fame as a solider but at the price of dying young. He chooses fame and an early death, which fulfills his destiny and reflects the values of the warrior side of his culture.

A significant event in Achilles' life is his refusal to fight at the height of the Trojan war. He gets angry and feels insulted when Agamemnon pulls rank and takes Briseis for himself, a woman the Greeks have captured and Achilles has claimed as his own prize. Therefore, he sulks in his tent while his friend Patroclus fights in his armor. When Hector kills Patroclus, of course thinking he is Achilles,...

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