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.
Things are horrendous throughout the war, but the real effect of it happens outside of the war. Things such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and also the loss of very close friends. Near the end of the book, Paul is the last survivor of his original classmates who enlisted. “Now if we go back we will be weary, broken, burnt out, rootless, and without hope” (Remarque 294) This captures the feelings Paul has towards the war. He feels as if he goes back to the front, he will have no motivation, no drive to fight because all of his friends who pushed him to fight, are not there
As one begins to face life challenges, one’s maturity is put to the test. In the story, “The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, the speaker allows his ego to rise above him which ultimately causes the death of his brother. On the other hand, the speaker in “Shaving” by Leslie Norris acknowledges that his father is dying maturely steps up and takes his father’s role in the family. The speaker in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee,” has an immature response towards the death of his loved one and cannot cope with the reality of the situation. The speaker in each work has to rely on their maturity to lead them through the hardships life has to offer.
“We have only a little time to please the living. But all eternity to love the dead. There I shall lie for ever. Live, if you will; live and defy the holiest laws of heaven.” This is when Antigone is talking to Ismene about burying their brother. But, Ismene does not want to be punished for entombing her brother against the new king’s orders.
In Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” the speaker addresses old men coming close to meeting death should avoid dying as much as possible. Although death is inevitable, they should not die without putting up a fight. Thomas encourages old men to be infuriated that death is the ending factor of life. Towards the end of the poem, we learn that Thomas’s attitude towards death is personal. He knows his father is dying; therefore, his attitude in the poem reflects his emotion towards the pain a son feels when their father is dying.
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.
His decision to be loyal to Argos later influences his daughter , Iphigenia , to make her decision to sacrifice herself in the name of Argos. Although, from the outside he seems like he is okay with his decision Agamemnon is still having an internal struggle with the idea of sacrificing his own flesh and blood as seen here when the messenger tells Clytemnestra “And the king, seeing his daughter coming for her death, Groaned bitterly and turned his head away Holding his cloak to hide the falling tears” [168-171] . This part of the story shows the Argonian king’s inability to make decisions in hard situations. Overall, in Iphigenia in Aulis Agamemnon is characterized as a child, showing ignorance and lack of conviction in the phase of hard
In the very first lines of the poem, Achilles is described as “murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaens countless losses” (1,2). It is believed that Achilles’ anger and short temper is the very thing that causes his unheroic nature. Nonetheless, Achilles transformation throughout the story proves to be the most heroic act of all. In the beginning of the epic, humiliation of losing his bride leaves Achilles enraged, which causes him to withdraw from the war, leaving his city to potentially fall. He then begins question his involvement in the war and the value of honor.
In Edith Hamilton Mythology Achilles shows the qualities of epic hero because of his great skills as a warrior, his loyalty to his people and friends. Achilles faces enormous obstacles, a journey/missions and also has superior. Achilles is the better epic hero because Achilles goes to Troy to fight in the war against the Trojans to get Helen back knowing he would not make it back home alive. His mother does not want him to and try 's to convince him to stay and protects him with a charm”to Achilles who had already shown himself the best and greatest of all chieftains”(Hamilton 190). Achilles goes on a mission to find hector for revenge for his friends death.
This story talks about the subject of death so much that it tell us how to live on after it, through your legacy. As Enkidu dies Gilgamesh is reminded of his own mortality and goes on a journey to find everlasting life. During this journey many people, such as Siduri and Utnapishtim, remind him to enjoy what little life he has left but he doesn’t listen. Gilgamesh would rather keep living in the physical world than leave with his legacy left behind because he’s scared that he will be forgotten. After his long journey he finally accepts his fate and becomes King of Uruk yet