It’s only human to express the way you really feel
But that same humanity is my Achilles’ heel
The same drive that leads Redford (and the man who is narrating his story) to tell us about his life, and to try to make sense of it, ultimately leads to his downfall. No matter how he tries, he can’t stop searching for the sublime and trying for human connection
Achilles was a Greek War Hero from the Trojan war, who legend has it, was dipped into the river Styx in hades by the goddess Thetis by the heel which made his whole body invincible except his heel since the waters didn’t touche it. What Redford is saying here is that humanity is his weak spot or “Achilles’s heel” since he is doing inhumane acts.
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