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Troilus and Cressida Characters

Achilles is one of the Greek generals, the leader of the Myrmidons. 

He is brutal, arrogant, scornful, and perfectly aware that he is the best of the Greek fighters and hence indispensable to their cause. Not the best of team players, he is quite willing to take himself and his men out of the fight whenever he feels like it and simply not fight, refusing to give a reason. He is extremely, some would say excessively, fond of his companion Patroclus, who amuses Achilles to no end with his mocking imitations of the other Greek leaders. Achilles is however easily manipulated by Ulysses’s plot to bring him back to the fight, as he cannot bear not being considered the strongest of the Greeks. Achilles has no time for chivalry, neither during a truce nor in battle, and has his soldiers slaughter Hector even though the Trojan is defenseless, very possibly not even bother to deal a blow himself. Though Achilles is wooing the Trojan princess Polyxena, he is much more attached to Patroclus, whose death in battle sends Achilles wild and finally brings him back to the fight. His rage is so great that he desecrates Hector’s body in the most insulting way, dragging it across the field behind his horse. Achilles is not a pleasant man.

 

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