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    These abilities are important as a warrior because both his men and the hero reflect and are influenced by them. Some of the abilities are excellence in war, courage, leadership and fighting qualities. These qualities are seen through the heroic characters Hector and Achilles. When Achilles is not present with his men, the Greeks are well defeated by the Trojans with no motivation or support. 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.”

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    Unlike Achilles, Hector does not realize that his own death approaches and this ignorance makes his experience entirely human. Throughout the poem, Homer only alludes to his death through the words of the gods and of the poet himself, thus neither Hector nor his companions know that his death is imminent. Hector never dwells on the thought of his own mortality, only occasionally veering between fear and hope for his success in the war. When Hector finally faces death, Homer has already prepared the reader, which makes the scene when Hector finally realizes that there is no hope for him even more poignant. Comparing the foreshadowing of Achilles' and Hector's deaths, the poet skillfully develops the reader’s emotional involvement for these

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    War brings out the best in Homer’s heroes, as they tap previously unknown reserves of strength, courage, and loyalty. But war also can bring out the worst in men. The theme of honor and masculinity is very strong that it overshadows the barbarity and unavoidable death or war. If they don’t battle it is considered an insult to masculinity. Achilles is driven by pride, anger and grief which leads him to go to war.

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    How the themes of Fame and Ambition appear in The Iliad and Beowulf Do heroes and warriors truly crave the attention they gain, for showing acts of bravery and heroism? In The Iliad and Beowulf, there are several moments we see how elated the warriors get from fighting and winning battles. Both Beowulf and Achilles describes how powerful they are. From slaying many in the Trojan War, or by defeating sea monsters and dragons, we can tell both men are the greatest warriors of all time.

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    The concepts of duty and honor are displayed thoroughly throughout Homers’ the Iliad. The way in which the two concepts are represented and displayed vary greatly, whether it be through war or through personal turmoil and triumph. The two main characters that display the concepts of duty and honor in the Iliad would be Hector of Troy and Achilles of Greece. These two characters are idolized by those who follow them and whom they protect. Throughout the Iliad, these two fierce heroes are ones that never back down from any single adversary nor any obstacle that the gods have placed upon them – whether it be the loss of loved ones, enduring a perilous journey, or even sacrificing one’s life.

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    Greek Values In The Iliad

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    If I stay here and fight before the city of Troy, there will be no home- coming for me but my fame shall never die; if I go home to my native land, there will be no great fame for me, but I shall live long and not die an early death.” (Homer 110) This shows that he is selfishness and fearful at the same time of losing and dying in the war. In the very beginning of the Iliad, King Agamemnon and Achilles have an argument for a couple of different reasons. After, the Achians won a battle against a city that was allied with the Trojans each of them received a prize consisted of a young woman from the war.

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    If you look at a modern day hero such as a military general, much like Achilles, a military general refuses to give into the enemy. Both heroes will fight until they are the victor, defeat is not in their vocabulary. A military general as well does not handle the lose of men well at all. Casualties to their own men take a big affect on both a military general and Achilles it only drives them to fight

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    Achilles Vs Beowulf

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    Granted there are many other epics in the world, I believe that these to heroes are the

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    Response Paper 2 In Achilles speech in book 9 he says he will not help the Achaeans in the fight against Troy. Up until this point, Achilles main reason for not fighting has been that he was mad at Agamemnon for taking away Brises. Although this is still the case, Achilles’ speech in lines 397-413 suggest that he has other reasons for not fighting as well. Achilles has known forever that he is destined to die young, in a glorious battle, and he has good reason to believe that if he fights in this war it will kill him. Achilles is known by now to be very emotional, and, for a demi-god, he has an overwhelming sense of humanity.

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    Greed In The Odyssey

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    But if you go to Troy, you will never come back... for your glory walks hand-in-hand with your doom. And I shall never see you again” (Troy). Said by Thetis, Achilles mother. Even though Achilles was warned by his mother that is he went to Troy he will be remembered, but he will die, he still held his own. There was no price too high to pay for fame,

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    No talk of turning the tide” until their enemies are defeated. During his reprimand of Thersites, Odysseus admits that he does no know how long the war will last nor how it will end. To many readers, this war appearers trivial and insesent, but none of that matters to a Homeric hero. What matters to these men is honor and glory, both of which can be attained by following the martial

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    Honor In Beowulf

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    (Book Two, Lines 284-298). Odysseus seeks to fulfill the military desires of the Greek warriors who accompany him in combat; he displays how honor for his people is the most important quality of a leader. Hence, both Beowulf and Odysseus act in accordance with the principles of “dulce et decorum est pro patria mori:” a lifestyle of sacrifice and patriotism.(Achilles acts on his own- doesn't show honor for his

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    Agamemnon In The Iliad

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    Through his actions and words in The Iliad, we can see that Agamemnon is not a great king at all. He 's a strong warrior, and his physical prowess is not contested. In fact, during the funeral games for his friend Patrokles, the great hero Achilles offers Agamemnon the prize without even holding the contest. He tells everyone that he knows Agamemnon is the best. That 's actually pretty magnanimous coming from Achilles, who has a lot of reasons to be upset with Agamemnon 's lack of leadership.

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    He had no problem exercising authoritativeness, yet Achilles beat him in every other aspect, and all but matches his stubbornness and strong will. Overall, Achilles comes out the true leader, regardless of Agamemnon’s superior rank. Achilles turns the tide of battle where Agamemnon cannot and commands respect when his commander makes a fool of himself. The young Dardan understood the importance of connecting with an audience; an army. He captivated, he manipulated, he stirred up, and he inspired.

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    But unlike the main hero of the Iliad, Achilles, it is not only his warrior valor that is highlighting in the Odyssey, but also his intelligence. This is a particular form of intelligence that the Greeks called "mètis" (a particular form of intelligence, based on trickery, cunning, stratagem, but also concealment, deception and sometimes lies). It is on this characteristic that is founded the heroic figure Odysseus, and that is beyond his warlike strength, which makes him to appear as a complex hero, both typical and unique in times. Odysseus in his behavior and in his character, however, appears more human than his warrior side would not let him assume. First, the epic reversal values reminds us that he is a mortal, who has qualities that properly human have.

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    If I voyage back to the fatherland I love, my pride, my glory dies…true, but the life that’s left me will be long, the stroke of death will not come on me quickly. ”(IX, 500-506) Also young Beowulf faces battle with formidable enemies and risks his life. In order to cease his citizens suffering from the vile enemy, Grendel, Beowulf determines to execute him. "I resolved to fulfill the desire of your people, or suffer the pangs of death, caught fast in Grendel's clutches.

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    This portrays his loyalty to the Greeks in helping them be victorious in the battle. As Troy went up in flames, Aeneas stayed there to encourage others to help him fight even if they died. He was risking his family never seeing him, which

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    We see these characters grow and develop as they make difficult choices and face conflicts throughout the poem. Homer uses Achilles, the best Greek warrior and

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    Hector In The Iliad

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    The Iliad commends the heroics of the absolute most acclaimed Greek heroes, yet maybe the most essential character to show up in the epic poem is the Trojan warrior Hector. All through the poem, we get the feeling that Homer treats Hector as a one of a kind character who ought to be taken a gander at uniquely in contrast to the Greek heroes. While any semblance of Achilles and Diomedes fight a great many miles from their countries to accomplish glory and to become well known, Hector fights to protect and defend his family and Trojan country which stands an insignificant pulse far from fight (Homer, Iliad 60). In this essay I will portray the personality characteristics, pretended by Hector, demonstrations of strength, love and loyalty spoke

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    The narrative would lead us to a paradox regarding the glory being acclaimed by Achilles. Are his actions or decisions he takes worthy of epic hero? Is it necessary for the epic hero to be the central protagonist? Is Hector an epic hero or a tragic protagonist? The basic definition of heroism would have you believe that it is someone who has great courage, brave, selfless and aims at achieving noble end.

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