They both go down to Death.” Achilles is implying that no matter how much death or honor one gets, he is bound to die in the end, so honor has no meaning. However, a few lines later he talks again of the way in which Agamemnon took his prize and his honor. Achilles is inconsistent throughout his thoughts and arguments. Similarly he speaks of how he loved Briseis, but later refers to her as a
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.
Achilles was a epic hero too but, Hector had more character than Achilles because even though he had the same characteristic as Hector. Achilles did not fight for his country. He fight for his own that is a bit different from Hector. Achilles had his arm. The men who follow him to the battle with Achilles.
English 271 Achilles and Hector in The Iliad and Medea and Jason Medea all have characteristics that potentially led to their downfall. Achilles is a very angry man and it leads him to do unspeakable things. Hector is very prideful and in the end clouds his judgement. In Medea, Medea is revengeful and all she thinks about his getting revenge. Jason is insensitive and in the end it cost him his family.
He remained headstrong, stubborn and selfish in his actions, even warranting rebuke from the men on certain occasions. This is seen in the very first conflict that is witnessed on the pages of The Iliad. Agamemnon is faced with the request to give up his war prize, and immediately and indignantly decides against all the council of the army in order to keep his prize of a woman (28). With this decision, he sought his own desires selfishly and disconnected himself from the men he was meant to lead. Granted, he possessed a strong will, a thing very necessary for good leadership.
Homer’s “The Iliad” uses Achilles, our epic hero, as a demonstration of the power rage has over men, and how that in turn affects fate. Achilles, though sometimes considered godlike in his sheer power, often succumbs to his overwhelming rage--eventually at the expense of his best friend’s life, and nearly his own honor. Although Achilles ultimately chooses to avenge Patroclus’ death and achieve his own kleos, his initial rage-fueled decision to withdraw his participation in the war leads to the death of many Achaean soldiers at the hands of the Trojan forces, thus demonstrating the power prideful rage has in determining fate. Achilles’ initial refusal to battle alongside Agammemnon, motivated by his fury at being publicly shamed, leads to
The idea of fate is a phenomenon that has been debated on for centuries for what the actual degree of validity may be. Some will argue there is no such thing and others will argue fate is the very thing they live by. It is important to note that in the play Oedipus the King, Sophocles uses the idea of fate to sway the readers ' feelings about Oedipus’ death one way or another. Oedipus makes crucial mistakes in that he commits crimes no person should even after warning from the gods, but also his combination of unethical actions in his kingdom ultimately insures his demise. For someone that made such a minimal effort to avoid this fate handed down by the gods, it is only fitting he suffered the fate he received.
He has always pursued traditional goals familiar to Homer’s world and to many places in ours: help friends, harm enemies, earn honor for success in battle. Enraged by the tribunal’s failure to acknowledge his supreme martial skill, Ajax tries to murder all of the Greek leaders. After regaining his senses, Ajax makes this speech, which has the effect of misleading listeners into thinking that Ajax intends to soften and accept the tribunal’s decision, yet he claims that the Greek leaders are aiming to be more powerful than they should be. Ajax says “In future, then, we’ll know to yield to the gods / And learn how to revere the sons of Atreus” (666-667). For self-preservation, Ajax says that one should revere the gods and yield to the Greek leaders, but Ajax emphasizes the power-grabbing by reversing the verbs “yield”, and “revere.” Ajax realizes that the Greek kings, Agamemnon and Menelaus, are the ones who have power over the group consensus, and are therefore the ones responsible for handing the armor to
It is obvious that Herakles does not want to continue fighting, much like parts of Greece during the Persian War. The Olympians invoke this feeling of pathos that one also feels from Spohocles lyrics; the feeling of endless work, all alone. However, what the Olympians do not understand is that this is not the only feeling in Greece after the war. There are many who are celebrating victory, such as the Athenian states. While Herakles’ Labors on the metopes on the Temple of Zeus at Olympus does invoke some feelings of post-war weariness (which the Olympians barely had a part of fighting in), it is only part of the post war story in
As for Antigone she became anger with her sister, Ismene, when she refused to help her bury their brother. Over all they are prideful individuals who withhold their stubbornness. For example when Oedipus, was not willing to yield to Liaus where the three rode 's meet and instead he decided to kill him for it and Antigone although it was the law that forbade her from burring her brother she decided to disobey and follow what was right to her. The also performed over the top self-harm; if they were not so dramatic they could of prevent their own deaths and the others around