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The paper analyzes how in Homer's epic, "The Iliad", Achilles and Hektor are essentially Homeric heroes, but argues that Achilles' flaws prevent him from becoming a true hero. The paper describes how Hektor materializes as a compassionate hero while Achilles remains a man driven by passion and anger.
From the Paper:"Achilles is no doubt a brave warrior. He has the reputation for having "swift feet" (I.148). However, while we notice his heroic characteristic, we also see his tendency toward anger. This anger becomes his primary motivation throughout the epic and it is his mortal flaw. We see this anger when Achilles deals with Agamemnon and lets his anger get in the way of reason. He makes mistakes because he is driven by anger, not logic. He does not forge an alliance with the Trojans and this mistake brings suffering to Achaeans that could have been avoided. We also see his anger at the discovery of Patroklos' murder. He says, "Hector first be beaten down under my spear, lose his life / and pay the price for stripping Patroklos. (XVIII. 91-2). Here he becomes so angry that he loses control of all common sense."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Homer. The Iliad. Mack, Maynard, ed. The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces. Vol. I. 5th ed. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 1985.
Cite this Persuasive Essay:
Hektor, the Homeric Hero (2010, December 14) Retrieved October 21, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/hektor-the-homeric-hero-146057/
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