Topics for Discussion
1. Is Achilles responsible for what happens in his life? Are the gods responsible? Is fate responsible?
2. How are women portrayed in The Siege and Fall of Troy?
3. Hera nags and lies; Athene tricks Hector; Zeus calls Ares names. What kind of gods are these? How do they differ from the book's human characters?
4. How are common soldiers and slaves portrayed in this story?
5. Do you admire any of these characters?
6. Characters in this story play many tricks on one another, most with very serious consequences. List as many of these tricks as you can. Do the various characters in the story approve or disapprove of them? Do you?
7. The story contains numerous quarrels, the most important of which is between Achilles and Agamemnon. What is the result of this quarrel? How is it finally resolved?
8. Compare the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon with other quarrels. What are the similarities and differences in the quarrels?
9. What do the characters in this story think about lying?
10. Do any of the characters change or grow because of their experiences?