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Would there be a reason to have empathy for Achilles? I need text to support this answer. 

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Achilles' behavior in the Iliad, at least on first consideration, does not seem to warrant much empathy.  Throughout Books 1 through 23, Achilles is, for the most part, a boastful, self-centered, violent warrior who is much more concerned with his own fame than with the Greeks' overall goals in the war against Troy.  To be fair, most of the important Greek warrior-kings are concerned chiefly about their fame, but several, Odysseus, Diomedes, Nestor, Idomenous, and even Menelaus, actively assist other warriors who are in trouble.  Achilles, aside from his loyalty to Patroclus, is generally a one-man show, and even though his skills and power as a warrior inspire the reader's admiration, perhaps even respect,  there is little in Achilles' behavior to elicit empathy--that is, until Hector's death and Priam's attempt to reclaim his son's body.

In Book 24, after Achilles has killed...

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