The Iliad, English research help: Why do think Achilles compares
- Why do think Achilles compares Patroclus to a “little girl” (305)? What do you think Achilles is feeling here? What point(s) could Homer be making here?
- Why do you think Achilles lets Patroclus go and fight for him? (See pp. 306-08, 310-12.) Describe Achilles’ state of mind in this scene, concentrating on his use of the word “honor” (lines 84-101). What do you think of Achilles’ wish at the top of p. 308?
- Do you think Achilles to blame for Patroclus’ death? Is Patroclus partially responsible?
- Why do you think Patroclus’ death is so different from other deaths? Name his killers (357). (See 18.490, 19.442-3.) Why do you think there are so many? Why do you think Homer calls Patroclus “you” after p. 325?
- Is it OK to boast and trash talk or not? (See pp. 323, 327, 330.)
- What do you think Achilles’ (old) armor could symbolize? Notice what happens to whoever tries to wear this armor.
Asked on 26.05.2017 in English Literature.