Achilles now has nothing to do but choose his own fate, and fight brutally until he either leaves the battle and achieves nostos, or kills Hector and achieves kleos, while also sealing his own fate to die in the war. However, the ominous threat of his own death does not prevent Achilles from fighting valiantly. He slaughters rapidly and brutally, carving a clear path through the Trojans to Troy and to his own kleos. His incredible aristeia is fueled by a total, overwhelming desire to “meet...that Hector who destroyed the dearest life [he knew]” and kill him in battle (18.135-136). Despite his full awareness that killing Hector will destroy any
Alongside Achilles’ responsibility for Patroclus’ fate, Hector also holds accountable too because in book 16, Hector talks to Patroclus about entering into the Trojan War; however, Patroclus fell gullible to Hector’s actions, and Hector turned out to be deceiving by stabbing him (being Patroclus) in the bowel and eventually killing him. Hector, and Achilles influenced fate among mortals, like Patroclus, so they could protect themselves until the end when Achilles frightens Hector with the dramatic irony, which seals his fate too. This paragraph defined the shape, which fate takes in the lives of other by peer influence created by characters who were considered high strength warriors followed by the backfiring of trying to keep them self alive. (This being Hector’s
She says that if doesn’t go to Troy, he will find a wife, have children, and live a long life. Although, if he stays home, he won’t be remembered by future generations of his family. However, if he fights at Troy, he will be remembered for generations, but he will die. Both of these versions of the story show that Achilles wants to be remembered for glory no matter what. Since the movie is based off The Iliad, there are a lot of things that are in both.
The phrase derives from the story of Achilles, a famous greek war hero who had no way of being defeated, except for his heel. It was his weakness. As a baby his mother dunked him in the River Styx, which gave anything that touched it invulnerability. As she dunked him, she held the boy by his heel, meaning his heel was still weak. In the end this weakness caused his death.
Odysseus shows yet another time throughout his journey that he is willing to risk his life and the life of others to be remembered. Achilles is warned by his mother about what will happen if he goes to Troy to fight. “If you stay in Larissa, you will find peace. You will find a wonderful woman, and you will have sons and daughters, who will have children. And they'll all love you and remember your name.
It can be implied that Achilles wants to tell the horse Xanthus that it is his own decision; he chooses to risk his life fighting again as a hero in the battle and dying with his glory – not because of the destiny itself that forces him to stay at Troy and die in the war. In book 21, there are two important scenes which are vital examples to be discussed. The first example is the scene that Achilles speaks to the Trojan prince Lycaon on the battlefield as he rejects Lycaon’s plea of life. For this moment, Achilles seems to be aware of the death, since he replies to the Trojan prince: “Yes, my friend, you die too. Why make such a song about it?
Although, if he stays home, he won’t be remembered by future generations of his family. However, if he fights at Troy, he will be remembered for generations, but he will die. Both of these versions of the story show that Achilles wants to be remembered for glory no matter
Achilles is also described by his men as a power figure when the poem says “These were his words,/ and all Achaeans gave a roar of joy/ to hear the Prince abjure his rage.” (R 23-35). The Greeks hearing Achilles return, gain strength, will and perseverance to carry on the war. The responsibility that Achilles takes plays massive role, affecting the men 's actions throughout the
Later Achilles threatens to quit the war since he has nothing against the Trojans. He says that he only fights because Agemenom tells him too. King Agamemnon answered: Indeed, sir all that you say is fair and right. But this man wishes to be above all to rule everyone, to be King over everyone to order everyone- and there is someone who will not obey, I
In this story, the final years of the Trojan War are described and explained from different sides. The book’s main focus is on the Achaean side, specifically the character Achilles, in whom we can see correlations with Joseph Campbell’s Hero With A Thousand Faces and the Homeric Pattern. Achilles was seen as one of the biggest heroes of his day, however, some people today disagree. After examining Achilles’ actions and motivations throughout the story, it can be seen that he is not the hero his people believed him to be. Achilles is the son of the goddess Thetis, and therefore one of the strongest immortals.