I think achilles is an actual hero. Achilles represents being a greek hero the best because he fights for himself and that shows that he doesnt need anyone to back him up he is strong enough to fight alone. He also is a great fighter and to be a hero you have to fight a lot of people and demons etc. Achilles has done a lot in his life of being a greek hero and I think the greatest thing he has done was getting hung by his achilles tendon and not having them be unbreakable. That is also how he died because the rest of his body got dipped in the powerful stuff to make him invincible except for his achilles tendon then later on in his life someone shot them and he died. These days we think of heros as like moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas there
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When asked to describe a hero, Mickey Mantle, famous baseball player for the New York Yankees, Said “Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them” This quote shows that a hero is someone who always does the right thing and has good intentions. What a hero should look like now is someone who is loyal and brave. In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus proves that he is a hero when he went to save his men on “Circe’s Island.” and defeated the cyclops in “The Cave of the Cyclops.”
Modern Day Hero The word “hero” often makes us think of the people in the stories we read, movies we watch, and the people making the headlines in the newspaper. While this may hold some truth, these heroes often make us forget about the ones in our daily lives. These people show great moral and character when facing danger or problems.
Heroes in our society are revered and respected as Joseph Campbell reminds us: “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” (Joseph Campbell). Heroes exist in all societies and throughout history. Maybe they are not always on the news or from the movies, but their words and their actions never fail to resonate across their feats. A hero gives of himself and dedicates himself to causes which better others and their society unlike individuals who are self serving, greedy, and cruel.
As humans, we tend to idolize people from all over the world for their remarkable qualities, bravery, actions, skills, leadership or ways of life. These people are often referred to as heroes, whether it is a leader, Superman, or a local community hero, they all share something in common, and it’s not a cape. What makes each of these people heroes? Their extraordinary character traits set them apart from their less noteworthy peers. While there is a myriad of traits that heroes possess, the most significant ones are their bravery, their willingness to ask for help, and their strength to always do what is honorable.
Achilles epitomizes the most and least desirable traits of an ancient Greek man. The “swift runner” (2.66) is virtuous in his piety towards the gods. A demigod, favored by Zeus and Hera, he shows his reverence of (to?) the gods in wishing to placate Apollo and in heeding Athena, “Goddess, a man submits though his heart breaks with fury. Better for him by far.
Achilles represents the idea of Greek heroism best, because his mom made it harder for him to get killed. When he was little, his mom dipped him in water and the only part that did not touch the water was his achilles which made it harder for him to get killed, because the water he was dipped in was called the Dark River which was in the kingdom of Hades. He did fight for himself he helped drive the Troy army away. But died an unusual death he was shot in the achilles and died. The achilles was the only place that he could be wounded.
My Greek figure is Perseus a Greek Demi god who was known for the downfall of a many monsters or men who were monsters. Killing the Gorgon medusa and a unjust king. His stories have a lesson to learn once you take a deep look and see it. He is a hero who is not as well-known as Hercules or Achilles but is just as important. Especially since he only has slightly above average human strength.
There were many Greek heroes known for all of their conquests. Achilles was the son of a king and nymph and was known as the finest warrior of the Agamemnon army. As a young child, his mother, Thetis, dipped Achilles in the River Styx which made him invulnerable in battle. She held him by his heel to dip him in the water which left that heel vulnerable. This is referred to as the “Achilles’ heel.”
Again, the definition of a hero is a person who is courageous and brave in spirit, and they have unique abilities that make people idolize them. Gilgamesh and Achilles both were heroines in their own right, and they were even unique to their people and culture. Knowingly, Gilgamesh and Achilles possess qualities that make them the same, and so different at the same time. Furthermore, Gilgamesh and Achilles were too prideful and foolish which made them alike, but they both were different in their affluence, power, and overwhelming strength, which made them a heroine to people because of their superhuman abilities, high personal relationships, and great influence over
I am Achilles, I am the bravest, greatest warrior and invincible. I’ve fought in many wars for my city. When I was younger, it was foretold that I would die young. In attempts to avoid my fate my mother, Thetis dipped me in the river Styx so that I could be forever invincible. Except she held me by my heel.
In Homer’s The Iliad, epic hero Achilles serves as an example of how rage, when unchecked, leads to disastrous repercussions. Achilles, though nearly superhuman in his physical abilities, struggles repeatedly to contain his anger. Throughout The Iliad, as Achilles’ fury compounds, the consequences of his actions become catastrophic, eventually leading to the death of his best friend, Patroclus. Although Achilles ultimately chooses to avenge Patroclus’ death and achieve his own kleos, or honor, his rage-driven actions lead to the death of many Achaean soldiers, and change the course of his fate.
In battle Patroclus (a good friend of Achilles) was slaughtered by Hektor. " Hector, vaunt as you will, for Jove the son of Saturn and Apollo have vouchsafed you victory; it is they who have vanquished me so easily, and they who have stripped the armour from my shoulders; had twenty such men as you attacked me, all of them would have fallen before my spear. Fate and the son of Leto have overpowered me, and among mortal men Euphorbus; you are yourself third only in the killing of me. I say further, and lay my saying to your heart, you too shall live but for a little season; death and the day of your doom are close upon you, and they will lay you low by the hand of Achilles son of Aeacus."
Iliad is recognized as one of the most famous ancient monuments of literature. The full understanding of this epic poem is hardly possible without thorough analysis of its main characters. Among all the episodes of the Trojan War, Homer chooses the moment of Achilles’ wrath and thus creates a poem in which he becomes the central figure. From the Ancient Greeks’ point of view, Achilles represents the ideal of manliness and pure heroism, for he is brave and fights for heroics, not profits. Today, one can agree with this interpretation, yet Achilles is probably the most controversial character because he combines various personality traits and acts in accordance with his ambiguous nature.