One of the main elements of the Iliad is the rage of Achilles. Throughout the book, readers see the rise, climax, and fall of the rage. The Iliad is a narrative story of the last year or so of the Trojan War, which is written by the well-known poet Homer. This war was fought between the Greeks and the Trojans over ten years. While the war seems to be the main story line, the story of Achilles is the driving force during this poem. There are many important factors that affected Achilles and his anger that would pursue in the Iliad. This paper will discuss not only the pure rage of Achilles but also the contributing influences.
One key factor in understanding rage in the Iliad, is considering the definition of rage from the Greek language. Rage is referred to in Greek as menis. Menis means a supernatural and/or enduring rage. The Webster's Dictionary defi