English 230 SQ on Iliad Book 24

English 230 SQ on Iliad Book 24

Study Question on The Iliad, Book XXIV Due Monday, February 22

Since the gods have already gotten Achilles to agree to give Hector’s body back to Priam, and Priam knows Achilles will give the body back, what is the point of showing us the whole scene between them? What does the reader get from Book XXIV other than “Achilles gives Hector’s body back to Priam, as we were told he would”? Why do we even need Book XXIV?