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Prompt #2: Pick one of the characters in the Iliad. (Achilles or Zeus will be the character chosen for this essay)(writers preference) How is that character’s code of living like or unlike (it should be focused more on the unlike side)the code of living that Jesus preaches in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)? I recommend focusing on one to two similarities, one to two differences, or one to two of each. Don’t be vague or basic. Don’t just say that they’re both codes about how to live or that Jesus’ code is nicer. Look at specific principles, motivations, and beliefs. Support every claim with one or more well-chosen quotes from the corresponding texts (the Iliad and Matthew). Also, use your claims to support an ultimate choice: which code of living would you rather follow, and why? (“Neither” is an acceptable answer, but you need to argue for it.)
A code of living means the key principles (such as honesty, loyalty to family, “looking out for number one,” or “He who dies with the most toys wins”) that an individual believes and follows. A code of living includes motivations—ideas about which goals are worth living for and which ones aren’t.