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This paper begins with a brief description of the battle that takes place in Homer's "The Iliad" and then goes on to describe the differences in the characters of Achilles and Hector, as well as their very different motives for fighting. More specifically, the paper explains that while Achilles fights for glory, Hector fights for his family, his country, and his ideals. The paper further notes that Hector places himself in harm's way knowingly in service to his city, whereas Achilles sulks in his tent because of his own pride, rather than out of concern for his country.
From the Paper:"Warriors in Ancient Greece were men who demonstrated immense strength, honor, and great courage during battle. In Homer's The Iliad, both Achilles and Hector are depicted as great warriors, but they are also depicted in different ways. They both have certain strengths and weaknesses and different leadership qualities. They also have different motives for fighting and behave in different ways according to their characters. Achilles is beset by the sin of pride, which colors his judgment and causes him to commit an offense against decency after he defeats Hector. Hector acts more nobly and is defeated honorably in battle, and Achilles is also defeated, his vaunted vulnerability having been a flaw that becomes his downfall."
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"The Iliad" (2006, September 06) Retrieved August 25, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/the-iliad-68722/
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