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Coparison Essay on Achillies and Hector in the Iliad

  • Submitted by: Amanda0718
  • on November 13, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 486 words

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In The Iliad, the subject is war. The Greek army has traveled to Troy to battle the Trojan army. The men of both armies fight for their sides, but also they fight for their own personal glory, which matches the heroic warrior code of the Greeks. Two of the main characters, Achilles and Hector, both continuously display different and similar characteristics throughout the poem. Achilles fights for the Greek army and is considered the greatest of the Greek warriors, while Hector, who fights for the Trojan army, is a prince of Troy, considered the greatest Trojan warrior, and leads the Trojan army.
Both Achilles and Hector have very similar heroic qualities. They both exhibit the urge and need to fight for their people. “‘Agamemnon, now I take it, / the siege is broken, we are going to sail, / and even so may not leave death behind: / if war spares anyone, disease will take him,’” (Book 1, ℓ 68-71). This is something that Achilles said showing that he wanted to go fight. They both exhibited excessive pride which shows they are heroes because all heroes are prideful.   “You overlook this, dogface, or don’t care, / and now in the end you threaten to take my girl, / a prize I sweated for, and soldiers gave me!” (Book 1, ℓ 187-189). This quote shows Achilles’ pride in the gifts he received for fighting. Both Achilles and Hector want to fight and show excessive pride throughout the whole epic.
There are many ways that Achilles and Hector are different. For instance, Achilles is half god while Hector if fully human. “Anger be now your song, immortal one,” (Book 1, ℓ 1). This line from Book 1 proves that Achilles is immortal or half god. Achilles is very strong and is like a hawk, a hunter and violent. “Achilles poised in his right hand, with deadly / aim at Hector, at the skin where most / it lay exposed,” (Book 22, ℓ 379-381). Hector, on the other hand, is like a dove. He is very peaceful and wanted to stop the fighting and regain peace. Hector was fighting for his...

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