The Iliad, English research help: Name some similarities between

  1. Name some similarities between Zeus and Achilles (and Zeus and Agamemnon).
  2. How do you react to the way women (mortal and immortal) portrayed in Book 1?
  3. What do you think the heroes in the Iliad are fighting for? Do the heroes seem to like fighting? (See pp. 6, 22, 31, 72, 110, 145, and question # 8 under “Book 9.”) What do the gods seem to care about? How are their concerns like/unlike the heroes’ concern for honor and glory? (71-72).
  4. How do you know who has the most honor? Why do you think Zeus honors Thetis’ request (16-17)? What do you think of Zeus’ response to her (lines 549-559)?
  5. In what ways do you think the men’s and gods’ quarrels are like/unlike? Why do you think these quarrels have different outcomes?
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