Even with Hector outside the walls awaiting his own death, Priam begs for him to come back to safety. The Trojans also receive the help of Apollo while trying to retreat back into the gates of Troy. While Achilles chased the Trojans they would’ve faced their death, “if Apollo had not driven Prince Agenor at them, Antenor’s son, a courageous, rugged soldier” (Hom.il.21.628-629). Apollo disguised himself as Agenor and bought time for the Trojans. This was Apollo’s attempt to save the Hector and the Trojans from the wrath of Achilles.
He knows death awaits him but he can decide when. Agamemnon has taken the glory from Achilles and with it he no longer sees the value in honor through combat. Achilles believes now that honor is only found in death. “One and the same lot for the man who hangs back and the man who battles hard. The same honor waits for the coward and the brave.
Wow I feel for Achilles I was mad at my brother and it takes me forever to forget about it, just like Achilles. Achilles is bold for standing up to Agamemnon like that. Blindness infers weakness to some people, and that’s what I think Achilles meant is that he sees his weakness which is that he sees things when there here happening now but that he cannot trust anyone or see into the future himself. When the foremost Greek hero sees his avenue to greatness he then realizes that it is too late to do anything about
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.
going to see Helen Minneola’s’ wife after they made peace with Sparta and then taking her back to Troy). During the scene where Paris Fights Minneolas he gets a cut on his thigh, but rather than stay and fight Paris crawls back to his brother and choses to lose his honour and what respect men had for him just to live. This would have made the audience think if him as a coward rather than a brave man as they perhaps thought at the beginning of the scene. Another good example is with Achilles, for the most part he is made out to be a ruthless, do whatever it takes kind of man that wants only to be remembered by people for years to come. Achilles fights for himself but also fights alongside Agamemnon on the attack of troy to gain the remembrance and glory that he seeks.
Yes, he is honoring the gods by taking on this challenge, but he was also promised by Apollo that it is not his fate to die at this time. Therefore, he knows he will defeat the Achaean who steps forward, and he is confident of the honor he will receive when he wins this battle which is, in Hector's words, “what the heart inside me urges” (7.79). Towards the beginning of Hector's speech, he sheds light upon Zeus' impatience with the war when Hector claims, “...and all the Father decrees is death for both sides at once” (7.82). Hector advocates that, in Zeus' eyes, the fighting has gone on long enough, and it is time for things to get serious and the two armies need to reach their final goal in sacking the city of Troy. When Hector begins to speak directly to the Achaean army rather than the entire battlefield, he shows respect to the Greek warriors and admires their honorable individuals.
The Iliad is also another great epic story about a hero that fought his people. Achillies was great warrior that fought for his people but, more for himself. Achillies got word that his best friend was killed. That day Achillies didn’t go to fight. He felt terrible about it.
Unlike Achilles, Patroclus is able to put the greater good before petty personal issues, this is what kills him as he cannot truly see what Achilles is doing and instead gets himself killed wearing Achilles armour by Hector, this loss is too much for Achilles and drives him into emotional darkness. Malouf further induces Achilles into rage and despair through his portrayal of Hector’s corpse as a tool of the Gods. ‘For eleven days’ Achilles, in vain, continues to deface and insult Hector’s body by dragging it around the walls and towers of Troy, in an attempt to ‘break the spell’ that he believes the Gods have laid upon him. However, each day that Achilles begins this ritual, he is met with a mocking message from the immortal world, the full restoration of
He swore that he’d punish anyone who tried to bury Polyneices would die. The whole reason Creon did not bury Polyneices was because in Ancient Greece, if the body was not buried, it was believed that the soul wouldn’t go to the afterlife and be stuck on earth forever. Creon was a very cruel and selfish man, and he wanted Polyneices to suffer for what he’d done