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
Heroic Comparison Beowulf and Achilles are excellent examples of individuals who display heroic characteristics. Both men exemplify masculine virtues such as courage, physical strength, and bravery. The hero’s exhibit leadership and command honesty and respect among their peers. Nevertheless, both characters have flaws and weaknesses that make them unquestionably real. Both characters exemplify the traits of bravery and cunning in battle.
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.
Achilles is a man without honour, a gifted warrior but one who fights for nothing. This may be his single greatest downfall. In book one of Homers The Iliad, it is evident that Achilles’ arrogance overflows to the point where he makes an irrational decision to abandon Agamemnon and the greek forces in a time of war. “Now I shall go to Phthia, since it would be much better that I return home with my beaked ships. I don't intend to stay here to pile up wealth and riches for you without honour”(The Iliad, 1, 169-171).
However, they did have one thing in common, compassion and they put things aside for what was right. Beowulf is high above Achilles on the heroic scale with his determination and his brave feats. During the beginning of The Iliad, it was told that Achilles had a confrontation with the general of the Greek army and refused to go into battle so he gave his best friend, Patroclus, his armor and they went to war without him. It states in the summary of the story, “While the Greeks are laying siege to Troy, a quarrel breaks out between Agamemnon and his greatest warrior, Achilles. As a result, the angry Achilles decides to remain in his tent and let the Greeks fight without him” (Homer).
Beowulf was a fictional hero but set the example of what we think when we hear the word hero. Achilles was a warrior for Greece that didn’t believe that war was the answer for a stolen girl. Achilles and Beowulf were both fantastic heroes in different ways, but are still respected by society. Achilles and Beowulf were both mighty heroes. Achilles was a fierce warrior and the son of Thetis.
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.
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.” (R 23-35).
Beowulf and Achilles were strong worriers that fought for beliefs and others. Although Beowulf fought for different reasons than that of Achilles, they both fought for glory and honor ultimately. Granted there are many other epics in the world, I believe that these to heroes are the
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.
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
Achilles says “If I hold out here and lay siege to Troy, my journey home is gone, but my glory never dies. 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. Here, in Heorot, I shall either work a deed of great daring, or lay down my life," (ll.
These heroes follow the heroic code, a code which consists of having qualities of a leader, fighting for arete, and having the ability to accept his fate. 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
In another word, he is not backing down from the war just because he killed who he wanted to. 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
Lesson Summary Agamemnon is a king of the Achaeans, but that does not make him worthy of the title. 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.
For example, Odysseus, a revered warrior, exclaims that yet always it is disgraceful to wait long and at the end go home empty-handed.” (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
Aeneas, captain of the Trojans tells one of his soldiers in battler “[n]o talk of turning for home! 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
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.
But once Achilles finds a reason to fight, he won’t back down. When Achilles is talking to Thetis about Patroclus’s death he says “you cannot make me listen” (Homer 5) no one can stop him from avenging Patroclus. This shows Achilles has to be driven by a personal
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. They fight over the two girls. Later Achilles threatens to quit the war since he has nothing against the Trojans.