Iliad essay outline and samples



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ILIAD ESSAY OUTLINE AND SAMPLES
I. Writing the Introduction: Address the prompt by giving a brief background for the rage of Achilles or Agamemnon and an overview of how it affects himself/others. Do not write an introduction for this outline.
II. Thesis: Write a thesis statement that indicates what you are proving about the consequences of Achilles’ anger, and alludes to the significant events from the poem that support and develop your assessment.


  1. Topic sentence: Write a focused topic sentence that clearly states the main idea of your first section. For each topic sentence, look at the poem chronologically to show the developing impact of Achilles’ rage.

Which 2 quotes illustrate your points? (Write book and line numbers and key words.)




  1. Topic sentence:

Which 2 quotes illustrate your points? (Write book and line numbers and key words.)




  1. Topic sentence:

Which 2 quotes illustrate your points? (Write book and line numbers and key words.)


VI. Conclusion: An original insight, summary of your main ideas - any kind of commentary on the passage is good. Do not mechanically repeat your thesis. Do not write a conclusion for this outline.



SAMPLE OUTLINE – Prompt: Consider the role Agamemnon’s anger plays in the epic. Address the thematic concern that decisions made in anger often have irrevocable consequences.
I. THESIS: Agamemnon’s enraged and self-absorbed actions, coupled with his avoidance of responsibility for his decisions, decimate his army and destroy his credibility as a leader.
II. 1st Body Paragraph: Agamemnon’s insulting refusal of Chryses’ request for the return of his daughter brings the wrath of Apollo upon innocent Greek warriors.

A. Quote #1:

B. Quote #2:
II. 2nd Body Paragraph Topic Sentence: When Agamemnon selfishly refuses to comply with Achilles’ pleas to honor Chryses’ request, he recklessly endangers his own army by alienating his best warrior.
A. Quote #1: “Not so quickly, / brave as you are, god-like Achilles – trying to cheat me” (1.153-54)

B. Quote #2:

In writing your essay, the first half of the second body paragraph would look like the one below. You must introduce the quote with your own lead-in (underlined) that establishes speaker/circumstances/purpose.
When Agamemnon selfishly refuses to comply with Achilles’ pleas to honor Chryses’ request, he recklessly endangers his own army by alienating his best warrior . Enraged at Achilles’ audacity in questioning his leadership, Agamemnon openly accuses him of insubordination shouting, “Not so quickly, / brave as you are, god-like Achilles – trying to cheat me” (1.153-54). All of Agamemnon’s accusations tie back to how it will affect or “cheat” him. He does not even consider how the refusal to comply impacts his own troops. He mocks Achilles calling him “brave” and “god-like” in an insincere and defensive tone, offending Achilles even further.
You then would continue the paragraph with a lead-in to the second Quote followed by Commentary before transitioning to the next paragraph with its new Topic Sentence.


SAMPLE OUTLINE – Prompt: Consider the role Agamemnon’s anger plays in the epic. Address the thematic concern that decisions made in anger often have irrevocable consequences.
I. THESIS: Agamemnon’s enraged and self-absorbed actions, coupled with his avoidance of responsibility for his decisions, decimate his army and destroy his credibility as a leader.
II. 1st Body Paragraph: Agamemnon’s insulting refusal of Chryses’ request for the return of his daughter brings the wrath of Apollo upon innocent Greek warriors.

A. Quote #1:

B. Quote #2:
II. 2nd Body Paragraph Topic Sentence: When Agamemnon selfishly refuses to comply with Achilles’ pleas to honor Chryses’ request, he recklessly endangers his own army by alienating his best warrior.
A. Quote #1: “Not so quickly, / brave as you are, god-like Achilles – trying to cheat me” (1.153-54)

B. Quote #2:

In writing your essay, the first half of the second body paragraph would look like the one below. You must introduce the quote with your own lead-in (underlined) that establishes speaker/circumstances/purpose.
When Agamemnon selfishly refuses to comply with Achilles’ pleas to honor Chryses’ request, he recklessly endangers his own army by alienating his best warrior . Enraged at Achilles’ audacity in questioning his leadership, Agamemnon openly accuses him of insubordination shouting, “Not so quickly, / brave as you are, god-like Achilles – trying to cheat me” (1.153-54). All of Agamemnon’s accusations tie back to how it will affect or “cheat” him. He does not even consider how the refusal to comply impacts his own troops. He mocks Achilles calling him “brave” and “god-like” in an insincere and defensive tone, offending Achilles even further.
You then would continue the paragraph with a lead-in to the second Quote followed by Commentary before transitioning to the next paragraph with its new Topic Sentence
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