Half Inmortal Half Mortal

By: Elyssa Lenz

In the Begining

Achilles was the son of Peleus (a mortal) and Thetis (a sea nymph). Thetis wanted all of her seven children to be inmortal so she dipped them in the Styx river, which separated the land of the living and the land of the dead. As Thetis was dipping Achilles in the river she held him by the heel, leaving that the only mortal part of his body.

Achilles grows up

As Achilles grew he was almost destine to go to war, but there was a prophecy that stated if he went to fight in the Trojan war he would die young or he could stay at home and die old. In order to save her son Thetis had him dress up like a girl, but he was eventually revealed by Odysseus; who made him go to war. During the war he made many friends including Patroclus. Patroclus was eventually killed in battle by a warrior named Hector. Achilles was devastated to hear this so he went to kill hector and succeeded. Hectors brother then set out to kill Achilles. Hectors brother got a poisoned arrow and shot it in Achilles heel which eventually killed him.

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