Examples Of Foils In The Iliad

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Achilles vs Hektor
The Iliad, an epic poem by Homer, takes place in the tenth year of the Trojan War. Recalling important events that take place bringing the war to an end the poem uses figurative language and literary devices to enhance its characters, presenting similarities and differences between how the characters handle specific situations and how they deal with the concept of masculinity. For example Homer uses the method of literary foils. A foil is a character that depicts traits that differ with the traits of another character. In The Iliad, Achilles and Hektor are foil characters. Through their personal ambition and tragic flaws both portray characteristics that allow readers to identify them as foils.
An obvious differentiation

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