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.
Hector of the trojans is the man in question. Hector is the prince of Troy and has unlimited qualities but there are three that make up who he is. The first trait is his indecisive nature. This quality is laudable because oft times people commit to a path that they should have thought about more thoroughly.“Thus did he stand and ponder…”, Hector’s indecision when fighting Achilles bought him a few more precious moments in life. The second attribute is his loyalty.
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. Although Achilles ultimately one out over Hector, they had in common a point in which to strive for; loved ones they attempted to, in Achilles case, honor, and in Hector’s, protect. This similarity in hunger to fulfill their duties brings out different sides of the character: Achilles enraged and Hector cowering. Yet, I believe both are almost as pure of human emotion that is available to us, and both men exploit this emotion. Achilles used his anger and vengeance to kill and Hector hopes to die in the place of his wife and son.
Even though Beowulf and Gawain have many similar values and actions, their personalities and intentions could not be more different. One difference between the two heros is how important they see themselves. Beowulf’s attitude towards himself is showcased throughout the story. For example, a man named Unferth said that Beowulf would lose to the beast like he had lost to Breca. Then Beowulf said that he lost because they not only were separated, but he had to fight sea monsters-- making the waters safe to sail again (Beowulf 500).
For instance, after Agamemnon steals Achilles war prize , Briseis, it is understandable for Achilles to be distressed when the woman he cares for is ripped away from him. However , Achilles proceeds to go into a sort of misery-stricken rage, wishing ill upon ALL of the Achaean army , just to extract revenge on one man. When pleading for his mother , Thetis , to go to Zeus and beg for the destruction of the Greek forces on Achilles’s behalf , raging “-...Trap them round the bay and mow them down, So all can reap the benefits of their king- so even mighty Atrides can see how mad he was to disgrace Achilles, the best of the Achaeans!” (Homer 91). Achilles allows his irrational emotions to foolishly guide him. 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.
A different example of this occurs earlier in the poem when he commands his men to fight “backed on the ships, with lances keep play/…/ although so far outnumbered/…// six benches were left empty on every ship,” (Homer 9.166-177). His willingness to fight the Achaeans, while clearly outnumbered, shows he is willing to lose his men 's lives for a victory. Which is selfish to his
He must decide whether he wants to live or kill more of his people. Beowulf decides that he needs to do this for his people so he goes out and kills the dragon. Beowulf had died fighting which means that he will go to Valhalla and that is a place where you go if you have died in honor in combat. In the story of Beowulf he must die in honor so that he can go to Valhalla and he thinks that is more important than his own kingdom. However in the film of Beowulf he dies in honor for his kingdom for his people because he actually owned up to his responsibilities and owns up to his mistakes.
He goes into a fight prepared for the kill, to “purge all evil from this Hell”(27) not seeking any other form of peace between him and his opponent. For instance during his battle, he is described to be holding Grendel “till its life leaped out” (30), this brutal description shows the violent nature he holds. Beowulf would need to be understanding and have a sense of compassion or mercy in order to be considered a hero in this current society. Possessing the traits of being merciful show that a hero has a set of respectful morals and values which include the ultimate goal for other’s well-being. Beowulf may be considered a hero to some, however in our current time, his selfish intentions and lack of mercy, would lead him to be unfit of this role.
From book twenty two of Homer’s The Iliad, in the historical hero Hector’s death scene, he shows courage in facing his enemy Achilles by not running away from the battle and knowing it is his time to come. Also when Hector know it is his time to die and to become a casualty in battle, it also shows his humble nature which is a lesser recognized and vague characteristic of a hero. The Trojans adored Hector’s epic loyal deed because, “it was you, Hector, and you alone who shielded the gates and the long walls of Troy” (Kinsella 358). A hero can be a hero also because he is adored by others for doing a great deed, such as Hector fighting for his own city, Troy. The story of Hector’s death, as told in book twenty two of The Iliad, will be told for years to come because he helped save a city and that is a momentous deed that will be reflected on and helped save a city.
A prince or a leader should always be respected that is why he should keep all the good and popular tasks for himself and give the difficult or a bad task to other. Machiavelli gives an example about Cesare Borgia who had to bring one of his region under control so he sends one of his soldiers and tells him to use all the force and bring that region under control. He was successful on that but the fellow citizens were angry after going through that much of cruelty so to be good Borgia cut that soldier in half and threw onto the city square blaming everything on him. He did this because he knew a prince should not be hated because if hate arises in the heart of the fellow citizens then a prince can’t rule and they will turn against
And right then I submitted. I would go to the war—I would kill and maybe die—because I was embarrassed not to” (O’Brien 57) O’Brien might as well neglected the opportunity to go into the strife, but he choked up enough grit to become a solider. Going into war is not a walk in a park and soldiers have to have great courage to enter into