Once Achilles decided to return to battle, anger and pride still possessed him, and the actions of Achilles after killing Hector that he did not care about his reputation. Homer writes, “Achilles still would not dismiss his Myrmidons...“Charioteers in fast formation - friends to the death!” (559). Gloating in victory, Achilles did not refrain himself from killing even more Trojans and fought to death just so that he could bask in more glory. Also, although not describe in The Iliad, Achilles went to such extremes after killing Hector, that he even lost his own life in battle (Krause). Not suffering a valiant death as a result of the war, Achilles died once his pride consumed him and encouraged him to kill for entertainment.
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.
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.
The Iliad commends the heroics of the absolute most acclaimed Greek heroes, yet maybe the most essential character to show up in the epic poem is the Trojan warrior Hector. All through the poem, we get the feeling that Homer treats Hector as a one of a kind character who ought to be taken a gander at uniquely in contrast to the Greek heroes. While any semblance of Achilles and Diomedes fight a great many miles from their countries to accomplish glory and to become well known, Hector fights to protect and defend his family and Trojan country which stands an insignificant pulse far from fight (Homer, Iliad 60). In this essay I will portray the personality characteristics, pretended by Hector, demonstrations of strength, love and loyalty spoke
Honor is one of the major themes in The Iliad. However the concept of honor in The Iliad is not the same as our current understanding of honor. Honor plays a key role in how the characters in the Iliad act, why they make certain decisions, and why the events in the Iliad occur the way they do. Nowadays, we refer to honor as an idea or concept which is closely related to fame, respect, reputation etc. However, in The Iliad, honor is not an idea, but something material.
In The Iliad 2.246-324, Homer discloses quite a bit about the society his characters live in and displays important aspects of the martial code. This sequence begins with Thersites, a common soldier, berating king Agamemnon. He his speaking out of anger, since he and his comrades had been at war for nine years, and also attempting to entertain his fellow troops. Thersites is exceptionally ugly. The author says the following: Here was the ugliest man who ever came to Troy.
Hubris is one of the many themes that were brought up in the Iliad. Its definition is extreme pride and arrogance shown by a person that will bring downfall to that person or to others. The first time this theme is brought up is when Helen leaves with Paris. Agamemnon uses Helen as an excuse to rile up all the Greek kings. Agamemnon knew that if they beat Troy, then he would control a major passage of trade which would make him the undisputed ruler of all of Greece.
Achilles is afflicted with a supreme case of hubris, and this is the reason for his refusal to participate in the battle. Patroclus goes in his stead, wearing the armor of Achilles, and is killed after routing the Trojan force. The armor he wore is taken by the trojans as a war prize. When Achilles hears the news of his friend’s death, he is stricken with grief and laments his folly. Thetis hears his outcry and promptly rushes to
All the warriors appear in the Iliad join the battles as they value glory more than their life. Trojan War initially starts by the Trojan prince Paris as he kidnap Helen, the wife of Menelaus, the king of Mycenaean. Since the conflict is actually between Paris and Menelaus, other Greek warriors including Achilles and Odysseus did not need to join the war. Still, the warriors decide to join the allies to secure their pride and kleos. Achilles says “If I hold out here and lay siege to Troy, my journey home is gone, but my glory never dies.
The people around you can have a huge impact on how you perform in a certain task, I have had teachers who believed that I could do know wrong and had wonderful experiences in those classes. However, the opposite is also true, if a leader does not think about the toll they exact on you, it becomes easier to step aside and no longer participate. I once had a theater teacher who would require a larger time commitment, which I agreed to, but when I was not allowed to be on the stage despite working tirelessly on everything that was asked of me, it became apparent that my teacher did not respect me or my time. In this situation, I had to take myself out of the class in order to spare my own feelings as well as leave a positive environment for the rest of the class. Achilles does the same thing in the “Iliad,” because if he had to continue fighting the trojans while enraged by his commanding office, he could have let his temper spread to the other Greek