Achilles’s egotistical behavior picks up again in book nineteen where, as previously mentioned, Agamemnon sends Great Ajax, Odysseus, and Phoenix to appeal to Achilles with gifts in hopes to persuade the great warrior to return to the Greek armies. Sadly, Achilles refuses his fellow soldier’s offer, knowing that Agamemnon 's armies will surely fail without him, even gloating “ Look- what a mighty piece of work he’s done without me! Why, he’s erected a rampart, driven a trench around it broad, enormous, and planted stakes in the ground! No use!” (Homer 263). Achilles completely disregards the hundreds and thousands of Greeks that could be
Although the two heroes have their similarity 's they also have differences. Beowulf is Selfless many times in Beowulf he helps the Danes every time they have a problem. One time when Grendel 's mother returned he decided to fight her to prevent any further loss and grief to the Danes. Achilles on the other hand is selfish. Instead of sparing hectors parents from seeing their dead son, he dragged it passed them, because he felt like it.
For example, Hector shows honor in the Iliad Book 22 when he states, “I will never mutilate you—merciless as you are/ I will give your body back to your loyal comrades. Swear you’ll do the same.” After that, Achilles tells Hector that he would not give his body back to the Trojans because there was “no love” between them. Even though Hector was fighting against the odd during his fight with Achilles, he still showed honor. This makes Hector seem more heroic than Achilles, even though Hector was beaten in combat by him. Both of these heroes of Greece and Troy wanted to be the heroes for their homelands.
Achilles a soldier of the Achaians fought with Agamemnon at Thebe and won. Agamemnon took away Achilles prize which was Briseis his war prize. This angered Achilles which led to the conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon. Even though Achilles was strong and might and was never defeated by anyone he did not fight with Agamemnon on, instead he went to his mother and wept. Achilles loved his people and was loyal to them.
Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff retells Homer’s tale, the Iliad, in a palatable fashion without editing too much of a character’s personality. In Sutcliff’s version, Achilles was not the hero that he is so often portrayed as; Achilles was a narcissist with power, pride, and strength. Friends as well as foes died, paying the price for Achilles’s obstinate behavior. Despite his great skill in physical combat, Achilles did not display the character traits that define a hero; Achilles showed the flaws that made him human. Briseis and all of the Greek army could attest to that.
When Hector is compared to Achilles, he is microscopic and insignificant, but despite this fact, he still battles Achilles one on one. “Thus did the two with many tears implore their son, but they moved not the heart of Hector, and he stood his ground awaiting huge Achilles as he drew nearer towards him”.
Don’t shoot him!” “Stay out of this, Murray,” [Will] said. Even though throughout the book Murray hated Sid, he decided to brave at the right moment and save his life whether he deserved it or not. Murray knew what was right and stopped his older brother from killing his arch nemesis. When Mr Barrett wanted Murray to shoot Paddy he knew he was disobeying his father. “[Murray] knew [his] father was looking at [him] but [he] refused to look up” Murray was brave but also cowardly in his own way.
Achilles remained at the ships until Patroclus died in Achilles’ armor. Achilles went into battle as soon as he received new armor. (Homer, XVI) At one point Hector remained the only Trojan left out of the wall. Hector convinced the soldiers to stay outside the wall for the night. This proved to be a mistake.
Achilles’ actions on the battlefield or lack thereof portrays the hero’s absence of honor. Selfishly withdrawing himself from battle, Achilles allows his anger towards the king of the Argives to develop: “But Achilles abode at his ships nursed his anger. He went not to the honourable assembly, and sailed not forth to fight, but gnawed at his own heart”(10). Fighting the Trojans and leading the Myrmidons to sack Troy would have been the honorable thing to do, but instead Achilles lets his pride take over his actions and sulks in his ship in spite of Agamemnon. After Agamemnon offers Achilles many gifts as an apology when he sends an embassy to Achilles, Achilles responds,”[Y]ou have spoken much to my liking, but my blood boils when I think it
Still, each of these motivations brings a heated force to Hector and Achilles fight. Although Hector know’s he’ll most likely die in battle, he goes anyway, fearful of “hearing [his family’s] cry as [they] are dragged away” (Homer 254.490). Achilles rage is doubled by his best friends death, and I believe this is what makes Hector cower when they finally meet to fight. Hector knows Achilles is fueled by more than just honor for himself; he needs to fulfill Patroclus’ honor as well. Hector has said his final words to his wife and son, and after drawing in his courage and a valiant attack with his spear, he is defeated.
This is in stark contrast to his earlier remarks in Book Eighteen when he said, “I for one, I’ll never run from his grim assault, I’ll stand up to the man” (18.357-358). Hector’s cowardliness overwhelms him in his paramount battle with Achilles. He attempts to take a stand against Achilles, but envisions that he is no match, and is overcome by his emotions and retreats from battle. Throughout the Trojan army, moments of cowardliness take over the Trojans when they are going to engage in a fight. This demonstrates how the Trojans, while noble, may lose that nobility in battle as their emotion of fear overcomes
He matches Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero because of his fatal flaw. His tragic flaw was attempting to faithfully continue serving the "true" Emperor Marcos Aurelius, not considering the possible consequences he might have to face in order to return Rome to a Republic for the people. Captain John H. Miller was the captain of the American Army. He, like Maximus, does not give up very easily. Even though his mission is to save one man and risk many of his men, he presents a full effort to complete this mission no matter how senseless he believed it was.