Passion Vs. Pride

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Passion Vs. Pride In The Iliad Achilles is motivated by pride, however in Troy he is propelled by passion. Greeks placed great importance on honor and in The Mortal Hero it is said “Honor to the Greeks is something that is won by a man’s prowess, his ability to fight and be victorious on the battle field” (Schein 62). In The Iliad Achilles is motivated by glory, he would rather die young and achieve glory by going into war. He believes his reputation is all that counts because he is a warrior and the best of the warriors. “Mother tells me...that two fates bear me on to the day of death. If I hold out here and I lay siege to Troy, my journey home is gone, but my glory never dies. If I voyage back to the fatherland I love, my pride, my glory dies...true, but the life that's left me will be long, the stroke of death will not come on me quickly” (Homer 265). Achilles achieved honor on the battlefield as depicted in The Iliad, which fueled his pride. “I tried to dissuade you, but you gave in to your pride and dishonored a great man whom the immortals esteem” (Homer 115). However, his pride was not the only thing the Achilles of The Iliad depicts; his quest for glory is also his motivation to fight. The last lines of Book XX describe Achilles desire for this glory, “But the son of Peleus pressed on to win him glory, flecking with gore his irresistible hands." In the movie Troy Achilles is first motivated by honor and pride, but then passion overtakes him when Agamemnon takes Briseis. The passion and anger of Achilles is depicted in The Iliad, as strongly as in the movie Troy, however, the difference in The Iliad is that Achilles acts out of intractable pride, but in Troy he acts more from passion and love for his cousin and also his captive Briseis. In The Iliad Achilles is motivated by pride. “It's wrong to have such an iron, ruthless heart. Even the gods themselves

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