<br> It all began when Agamemnon stole away Briseis, Achillesâ€™ woman. To ease the <br>anger Achilles had for Agamemnon, Thetis asked Zeus to provide honor for her son, <br>Achilles. Zeus granted her request by promising that the Achaeans would suffer enough <br>losses to force Agamemnon to come begging for Achillesâ€™ help. <br> The first major change in Achilles was caused by his rage toward Agamemnon. <br>Achilles, the great warrior, allowed his wrath to infest his desire to help his own comrades <br>in the battle against the Trojans.
In the Iliad, by Homer, Achilles and Hector both fight for honor, but they are very different individuals because of their motivations to fight, personality traits, and moral codes. One similarity between Hector and Achilles is that their pursuit of honor will be their demise. Hector and Achilles, not unlike most warriors, both fight for honor. (Homer). However, each of these characters is motivated to fight by very different conceptions of honor.
Achilles vs. Agamemnon In the epic poem, The Iliad, Homer describes the social collision of Achilles and Agamemnon who fight over pride and anger. While both men are prominent figures in the poem only one man is justified in his actions. Achilles has the vindicated point of view because he is the greater warrior. He thrived in every area for success and succeeded his great reputation every chance. He fought nobly in all battles and believed in tradition when called upon.
He had decided to kill Agamemnon but Athena came to him, sent by Hera, and told him to get his anger under control. With that he left in anger and stayed by his ships drowning in sorrow. Here was the fearsome warrior brought to his knees by the loss of a woman, a prize, a piece of property, taken from him by another. He did not fight in the war for a time due to his anger and humiliation but when his best friend Patroclus was slain by Hector he was driven by revenge and rejoined the fight. Hector was considered the warrior-champion for the Trojans, who had persuaded the Trojan warriors to leave Troy and the safety it provided while Achilles was not taking part in the battle.
A character will fail to come across as heroic without self-sacrifice. It is the altruistic act, the putting of others before oneself, that separates the bloodthirsty Achilles from the heroic Ajax. From the outset, Achilles is depicted as rash, selfish and a megalomaniac. Feeling robbed of glory after Agamemnon stole Breseis away, Achilles states that one day “… a yearning for Achilles will strike Achaea’s sons… nothing you do can save you - not when your hordes of fighters drop and die… Then you will tear your heart out, desperate, raging that you disgraced the best of the Achaeans” (1. 281-286).
Hector and Achilles as Classic Heroes of Homer's Iliad Literary heroes have been important to stories and poems throughout history. Each author develops his hero through a unique writing style, combining conscious use of detail, diction, tone and other narrative techniques to outline a hero's personality. Homer, in his epic poem The Iliad, develops two classic heroes who are totally different at first glance, but upon a closer look are very similar in terms of their basic characteristics. Hector and Achilles both are courageous soldiers, relatively honorable men, and respected leaders, but they also both have human failings that eventually lead to tragedy. In Homer's lyrical verses and in his use of detail, diction, and imagery, he paints his own portrait of a classic hero through the brave deeds as well as the human flaws of Hector and Achilles that eventually lead to the downfall of proud and powerful Hector.
The story goes on to tell about how the gods toy around with the humans, and take sides over each other that other gods may not like. This intervention by gods is a frequent occurrence in both works. The gods occasionally have wars between themselves too, such as when Zeus helps the Trojans in the war against the Greeks, after an appeal to him by Thetis, Achilles’ mother. Zeus’s wife, Hera is loyal to the Greeks, and the two of them have a little fight. The battle between gods is also apparent in the Odyssey when Zeus sends Hermes to rescue Odysseys from the island of Calypso.
The Iliad of Homer, also originally an orally spoken epic poem that was later written down and translated, and takes place during the last year of the Trojan War. The main character Achilles also has to face the decision of whether or not to fight in the battle at hand. There were many similarities and differences in the doubts and resolutions Arjuna and Achilles faced before entering battle due to culture, religion, and the time periods in which both these epic poems took place. Arjuna is a great warrior in his culture and the rightful heir to the throne. However, the opposing party, who happens to be relatives of Arjuna, also believe that they are the rightful heir to the throne.
Trojan War Mythological Trojan War: What were the reasons b/w conflict between the Trojans and the greek tribes? Is because of the eloping of Helen (Menelaus wife) and Paris which enraged Menelaus. In turn Menelaus calls on his fellow greek chieftains to join him in a war to rejoin Helen and punish the Trojans Explain why the role of paris could be described as supernatural? Because he was fated from birth to bring death and destruction to his fathers kingdom. He also dealt with the gods on many occasions how was siege resolved?
The Iliad is the first great book, and the first great book about the suffering and loss of war. Homer, for reasons of his own, suppressed the truth about the Trojan war- in reality, the Greeks lost. Homer once said, “Men learn with difficulty… But they are deceived only too readily”. In The Iliad, two characters have the narrative urge, and something approaching a synoptic view of the scenes surging around them. Achilles sings stories of heroes' deeds in battle, and Helen embroiders scenes of fighting on an elaborate textile.