When Agamemnon demands that Achilles surrender his war prize, Briseis, it causes him to withdraw angrily from battle. Achilles abandons his team and prays that the Trojans will murder them, all because he has been slighted at the hands of Agamemnon. The grief that comes for the Greek army owes as much to Agamemnon’s inflexibility as to that of Achilles. After this mishap with Agamemnon the Greeks are fighting without their main warrior and it is all because of a slight argument between to great fighters. Hector kills Achilles best friend, Patroclus, in battle while he was wearing Achilles armor and steals the armor off his body to keep as his own. The death of Patroclus starts the raging fight between Achilles and Hector. Although the death of Patroclus makes him seek an agreement with Agamemnon, it does not ease his rage, but instead redirects it toward Hector. Hector runs away from Achilles at first like a baby. But Hector knows that he will die and that the gods are not on his side anymore so he faces the warrior. Achilles knows the weak spots of Hectors armor, because this is Achilles armor, and stabs Hector right in the throat where the armor does cover his body.
After Hector being killed, King Priam begs for the return of Hector’s corpse, appealing to Achilles’ memory of his father, Peleus. Priam tearfully approaches Achilles, begging for Hector’s body. He reminds Achilles of his own father, Peleus, and the love between them. Achilles weeps for his father and for Patroclus. Priam encourages him more and more by saying. “If you truly want me to give Prince Hector burial, full royal honors, you’d show me a great kindness, Achilles, if you would do excactly as I say.” (Homer 570) He accepts and agrees to give Hectors body back. Priam spends the night with Achilles in his tent but is awakened in the middle of the night to slip away back to the Trojans side. Achilles holds back his troops from fighting for the days to come.
Before leaving for battle Achilles mother tries to hide him from the commanders so he is not taken off to war and killed. She dresses him up as a girl and has him blend in with all of the other maids and servants at the court of the king of