Achilles follows tradition through the heroic code and through the fight with Hector. After defeating Hector he believes that Hector’s body should returned to his father. When returning the body Achilles cries with Hector’s father, showing his emotions in a controlled and respectable manner. It is also tradition that a warrior’s body be burned. Homer effectively shows readers through praise how admirable Achilles is, making him the justified character.
This lack of self-centeredness is observed through the actions of Hector throughout the entire epic and his compassion for others is prominent in his notion of Greek justice. When Hector firsts steps into the plot of the Iliad, we witness his passion to fight and protect his city. In fact, Hector calls out his brother for not fighting. If Paris had not taken Helen as his prize, then this war may have never occurred. In book three, after Paris’ responds to Hector’s criticisms, Paris offers to prove himself in a fight with Menelaus in order to settle the war.
Creon is courageous in nature and a citizen of Thebes who doesn’t even hesitate to question the king's impulsiveness. He stands up for himself and argues even against the king when he believes Oedipus is wrong. He values his integrity of character and his loyalty above everything else. Lastly, other important aspect of Creon's personality is revealed in the last scene of the final episode. He forgives Oedipus, the man who has censured
Likewise, Antony’s motivation is his loyalty to Caesar; he does not stop until he avenges Caesar’s death. Unfortunately, Cassius is self-absorbed; his world simply revolves around himself. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar presents different vies of honor primarily through three main characters; Brutus is the most honorable due to his patriotism, Antony follows behind considering his loyalty, and Cassius is least honorable by cause of his self-centeredness. Brutus is the most honorable man, for he continues to act upon his beliefs and his motivations are pure; he wants to make Rome a better place. Brutus never gives in to ideas others force upon him.
The simple idea of faith is extremely important to Homer’s Iliad, without faith, the outcome of the Trojan War may have been drastically different. Faith between comrades is as essential in the story of The Iliad as it is in the reality of war. Throughout the events of the Trojan War, faith amongst the Greeks is essential to the plot. Nestor shows faith in Agamemnon in these lines: “Agamemnon roused himself from sleep… he approached the ships of the bronze-armed Achaeans… Agamemnon finished speaking and sat back down. Nestor stood up before them, king of sandy Pylos.
One of these things is commitment to your fellow man. Towards the end of the book this idea becomes very significant. When the Spartans are outnumbered by the Persians, the one thing that keeps them fighting is not for themselves, not for their own personal glory, but for the man to the left and right of him. Love for the Spartan on either side of themselves in their phalanx was the one thing that helped them endure any and all odds. In fact in this book Love is called the opposite of Fear, and that is exactly why the Spartans were able to overcome the Persians for two days, because of their Love for one another.
His cockiness of being so “strong, swift, and godlike” (Norton’s page 110) results from many reasons. Achilles’ evident strength makes him the most fierce and best fighter of the Greek army. Showing Achilles feels he is so good, the Greek army with be nothing without him, he swears by his scepter to Agamemnon, “When every last Greek desperately misses Achilles, your remorse won’t do any good then, when Hector the man-killer swats you down like flies, and you will your heart out because you have failed to honor the best Greek of all.” (Norton’s page 113) As mentioned, Achilles holds a scepter made from the mountains of Olympus. It is said, “A scepter-holding king has honor beyond the rest of men, power and glory given by Zeus himself.” (Norton’s page 114) The greatest factor of all which allows Achilles to have such a high conception of his position is how he is linked to the gods. Although Achilles’ father, Peleus, is a mortal, his mother is not.
The hero should have great deal of confidence and not to be insulted in any way do to the heroes pride which was the glory and within glory there was immortality. In the Iliad there is a counter hero, the contrast of Achilles, the great Hektor – whom contrasts Achilles in every way and finds himself not in the out front of the book like Achilles but still is as important as Achilles, Achilles being the personal hero striving for greatness and Hektor, the hero who follows the laws of external responsibility, family man with his allegiance to his city and duty. Is there need for Hektor in the Iliad? Did Achilles become more fierce do to the fact that Hektor the great Trojan is there is well? Achilles Achilles´s wrath is triggered by his pride and honor, the pride of being a Greek and his honor comes from his desire for greatness and immortality.
He is presented as a man who rejects impulsive action in a way that is soothing and calming. Othello is a hero, a great warrior, and in love with his wife Desdemona. Othello trusts Desdemona with everything. Othello, “My life upon her faith. Honest Iago,” (Act 1, scene 3, 293) The authority of his command reflects not only supreme confidence in his military prowess but also a great self-control and rationality.