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Achilles Essay

  • Submitted by: scathe912
  • on October 13, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 623 words

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Achilles: A True Tormented Hero


A hero can be defined in so many different ways; from the current outlook of some with super human powers risking life and limb to save peoples live, to the more ancient definition of having God like powers, courage and abilities. No matter how one defines what a hero is, everyone understands that every hero has their struggles and weakness. This is no different today than it was in ancient Greece, where heroes were written about by Homer in the Iliad and Odyssey. One hero stands out among the others in the Iliad, Achilles, the son of Peleus and a sea nymph. Like ever hero from ancient times until now, Achilles had what would seem like super human qualities, but at the same time he had weaknesses that plaque most everyday man. And it is a hero’s struggle that truly define who he is.
Achilles is considered to be the greatest warrior of the Aegean army; he posed super human strength, had a close relationship with the Gods and was able to rally troops around him. Despite all of this, Achilles had a few character flaws that impeded his ability to act with nobility and dignity. He was a very prideful man that let his rage take over his better judgment. This can be seen as he abandons his comrades in the battle of Troy over an argument between himself and Agamemnon. Achilles even stoops to the point of praying to the Gods for the Trojans to kill his comrades in battle out of sheer anger. On top of all of this, Achilles wants his name to last for eternity, even though he is troubled with the decision of living a peaceful life in his lands where he would die old, he instead chooses to enter the war against the Trojans for his own thirst for glory. His own mother even told him "that there are two ways in which I may meet my end" (156). Showing that there was more at work then Achilles own free will, but the Gods had a plan for him. There was also a driving factor that lead Achilles to be able to put aside his rage against Agamemnon...

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