Which arguments do you find most convincing and why?
Do you think that Achilles owes his comrades any loyalty? (See pp. 167 and 177.) (Why do you suppose he won’t help his comrades?) Why do you think he stays angry?
What qualities make Achilles godlike? Do you like him? Why or why not?
Can you tell from his descriptions and similes of battle, killing, and wounds what Homer thinks of war and heroic glory? (See pp. 70-71, 79-88, 100-01, 113-114, 201-202, 278-280, 317, 405-406.) What different kinds of images and similes does Homer employ to describe the deaths of warriors? What do you think is Homer’s attitude towards the dead? Does he think the glory is worth all this death? Why do you think Homer spends so much time describing wounds, boasts, and families of the heroes?