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Write a diary from the point of view of Achilles' during the Trojan War

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Introduction

´╗┐Achilles diary I am Achilles, the greatest warrior in the Greek army, son of the hero Peleus and the sea nymph Thetis. This is the 10th year of the siege of Troy and I am now onto the 29th book of my diary. I An old man came today to try to get his daughter back from us. We captured her in a raid on a Trojan town and she was allocated to Agamemnon (the ?supreme? ruler of the Greek army, the biggest fool who ever disgraced the earth and I suspect the reason that a ?quick raid? to recover a woman has taken thousands of men 10 years). The poor father would be lucky to get anything back after that pot of lard slept on top of her, even if it weren?t for Agamemnon?s stagger greed. The poor idiot had some idea that his status as priest of Apollo will help him regain his daughter. Ha! He obviously doesn?t know our Agamemnon. It probably gave him even more pleasure in the refusal. A decision he made despite the ransom the old man brought and the cheers of the warriors for him to be respected. ...read more.

Middle

It was fantastic. Anyway once the idiot had his force back in line they marched off to battle and haven?t come back yet. XXIV More supplies came into the camp today and being the only Commander here, I told Patroclus to take liberties when sharing the food out especially with the wine. The Greeks seem to be losing their battle, no doubt as Agamemnon was leading them and as I wasn?t fighting so they built a wall round the camp. In usual style, it?s not what I would call a brilliant wall, only 6 feet high, so Hector (the Trojan and slightly inferior version of me so Patroclus says) could probably leap it. It looks like I might have to fight just to defend my ships but I don?t think even Agamemnon is that useless. XXV Another day of fighting and the Greek army is being lead so well in my absence that the Trojans have camped on the plain outside Troy for the first time in the whole war! It won?t be long before Agamemnon sends me envoys begging me to return to the fighting. ...read more.

Conclusion

From my hill I saw the Trojans being driven back then the fight thickened at one point. First the Trojans and then the Greeks controlled it and then back again. My stomach was filled with a sickening dread and I felt a terrible sense of foreboding for what might have happened to my Patroclus; then I caught sight of the runner coming to my tent, and I knew. I don?t remember who it was but I could have killed him on the spot for what he told me. Mother came to comfort me and the fury rose inside. She knew it and made me promise not to go to battle until she had asked Hephistus whether he wanted to make me another set of armour. You could always tell with mother, the more of an option she gave you the less of an option you had. Regardless I set of to the slope above the battle where I yelled my fury at the Trojans. I?ll swear by the river Styx twelve of them dropped dead from the fear. What cowards these Trojans are, to die because a man with no armour or weapons shouts at them. They will know a new level of fear. I will avenge Patroclus. Troy will fall to me. ...read more.

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