The phrase “Epic Hero” can mean a lot of things, but in all honesty Beowulf and Achilles both fulfill the title of it because, they defend their community with everything they have, while still have cultural differences. Beowulf has to constantly use his brain to outsmart the creatures of his land. Achilles on the other hand uses his men to his advantage and uses brute force to murder anything and everything in his path. My purpose for writing this is to become better informed of the things that make each one of the characters the same while also showing how they are very
In the epic poem The Iliad, armies and individuals on both sides of the Trojan War are compared to animals through a figure of speech called, simile. The similes reveal qualities about the nature of honor and leadership. Through out the epic, both Gods and mortals have made decisions in battle that are considered honorable or dishonorable. While the narrator does not directly say an action is honorable or dishonorable, it is implied through simile that an action is to be viewed a certain way. For example, when Agamemnon attacks a group of Trojan soldiers he is compared to a lion and, the Trojans are compared to cattle stampeding in fear of the lion.
The concepts of duty and honor are displayed thoroughly throughout Homers’ the Iliad. The way in which the two concepts are represented and displayed vary greatly, whether it be through war or through personal turmoil and triumph. The two main characters that display the concepts of duty and honor in the Iliad would be Hector of Troy and Achilles of Greece. These two characters are idolized by those who follow them and whom they protect. Throughout the Iliad, these two fierce heroes are ones that never back down from any single adversary nor any obstacle that the gods have placed upon them – whether it be the loss of loved ones, enduring a perilous journey, or even sacrificing one’s life.
Again, there are stylistic similarities, the invocation of the Muse, the short description of the events to follow, and an emphasis on divine meddling, etc. However, the principal focus of The Iliad, “The anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus” (Iliad 1.1) differs significantly from the focus of The Aeneid, introduced as a song “of arms and of a man” (Aeneid 1.1). Firstly, Aeneas is not yet named, he is just “a man”, while Achilles is both named and given a lineage. Furthermore, since the anger of Achilles is the central theme, the conclusion must be the conclusion of Achilles’s anger, which is only actualized once he is able to let go of his rage against Hektor, hence the necessity of the Iliad’s ending. There is no such imperative in The Aeneid, the story ends when the “arms” of the war end, which is the implied result of Turnus’s death, so any personal growth of Aeneas is irrelevant to the epic’s
( C.Moulton, 1983) In one hand, he mentions the farms and rural areas of the peacetime to highlight how war is ferocious and ugly. In the other hand, he mentions the three famous nature’s forces, Water, fire, and wind to show how the war is harsh. ( C.Moulton, 1983) Again, the controversial Iliad’s similes have uniqueness to its reader. They can be read as the glory of Greek at the battle of Troy. Homer is a Greek after all, he has written it in a way that commemorate this unique moment in the history of the Greek and the world.
Achilleus’ Rage Hero’s are found multiple times in Homer’s Iliad. The strong Patroklos is considered a hero in his selfless offering to go into battle to fight with his friends. As he pleads with Achilleus saying, “ then send me out at least, let the rest of the Myrmidon people follow me, and I may be a light given to the Danaans” (XVI. 38-39). Even though Patroklos has nothing to do with the war itself, he is selfless in feeling compassion for his friends and wanting to fight alongside them in battle.
Throughout book 18 of the Iliad, we are told in great detail of Achilles magnificent shield. Achilles decides to go into battle, but Hector has his armor. His mother, Thetis, hears his cries and comes down to him. He asks her to find armor that is stronger than his armor that Hector has taken. Thetis goes up to Hephaistos and requests him to make this armor as fast as he can.
The Iliad, a poem written by Homer, almost 3000 years ago is known as a classic in the world of English literature today. This epic poems storyline revolves around the Trojan War fought between the Trojans and Greeks. Many characters are introduced throughout The Iliad, but there are two characters that stand out from the rest. These two archetypal characters represent and embodies the values their society admires and aspires to. These heroes follow the heroic code, a code which consists of having qualities of a leader, fighting for arete, and having the ability to accept his fate.
An omniscient archetype found in the novel The Iliad is the Hero. The hero Achilles is summoned out of his Ordinary World to fight in a war against the Romans. He refuses the quest by disguising as a woman. Eventually he is convinced and sets sails to Achilles sets sails to storm the beaches of Troy. Throughout the novel Achilles is assisted by the Gods Zeus, Athena and Hephaestus, his shield created by Hephaestus is his talisman.
anahi In “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, the lion represents a huge part of the text, it is even the book's cover. The lion is displayed as the trustworthy hero, he is expected to fix all mistakes and dilemmas. A lion is traditionally symbolized as the king of kings with the mightiest of courage, it is thought to be wise like an ancient sage, according to, www.universeofsymbolism.com . In Europe, Africa, and Asia lions are all considered an icon.