Achilles Essay by Calwriter

An exploration of the legend of Achilles, with particular reference to Homer's "Iliad".
# 56629 | 2,033 words | 29 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 14, 2005 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , Psychology (Jung)

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This paper attempts to address the question of myth and immortality through the study of Achilles in the "Iliad". The central thesis is that Achilles has a choice between human life and immortality through death and how he chooses death and immortality over a mundane, comfortable life. Another aspect explored is the realization that total transcendence of the world and godlike immortality are not humanly possible. It also attempts to place the Homeric myth in a broader context in terms of understanding the deeper significance of the story of Achilles. A Jungian view of the story and of myth is also explored.
The paper concludes with the view that the myth of Achilles and the search for immortality has a significance that goes beyond the story itself to reveal themes that pertain to the understanding of the human condition.

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