Divided by Conflict; United by Heroism: The Iliad by Homer Essay

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The Iliad focuses its narrative on the glories of heroes in the Trojan War, particular Achilles and Hector. Although both are heroes for their side, they have complex personalities that explain their actions. Indeed, as one reads through the poem, it seems that they have nothing in common. They do not share motives for fighting, similar views concerning the immortals, or perspective concerning relationships of those around them, yet they are united by characteristics that constitute a hero as we understand one. Despite their differences, Achilles and Hector both place value on bravery, fight on behalf of others, and see the humanity in those they are fighting with and against. At times, the dissimilarity between the personalities of …show more content…
Even though he firmly feels his his decision is right, he concerns himself with what the consequences will be, especially for his family. Based on their action thus far. Achilles and Hector seem to be polar opposites. In the midst of these opposing introductions, the similarities between the greek hero and the trojan hero start to reveal themselves, the first being their value of bravery and the duty of able-bodied men to fight. Achilles’ main complaint in regards to Agamemnon’s use of power is that Achilles does not believe Agamemnon has earned the right to rule over his troops in such a manner. Achilles accuses Agamemnon, “You’ve never had the guts to buckle on armor in battle/ On any campaign! Afraid to look death in the eye/ Agamemnon? It’s far more profitable/ To hang back in the army’s rear-isn’t it?” Achilles despises his position to pull the strings without risking anything. Likewise, Hector reprimands his brother Paris for not fighting despite the fact he shows great skill in battle and the war originated from his greed. Both heroes seem less bothered by the fact they are fighting in a war caused by the desires of others than they are bothered by the men’s reluctancy to risk their own safety in battle. In addition, we see both Achilles and Hector sacrifice their lives to fight on behalf of others. Hector knows that Troy is destined to fall, and it will not be long long before the Greeks kill him. When

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