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.
This shows that he doesn’t think that he is above his people just because he is a prince. Even though many people in the high class society were telling him to stay away and let your solders handle everything, he still went by himself to keep the people he love safe. In the Movie Troy it also shows Hector’s heroic characteristics. The whole scene before Hector and Achilles fight really separate the two men and show who the real hero is. That scene is where Hector is trying to make a deal that no matter who wins the loser’s side get to get their fighter back, so they can give the fighter a proper burial.
His decision for expressing these words is mainly based on historical facts. King Archidamus claims that if their unprepared population decides to ignore these facts, it will bring a greater harm to their population. In contrast, their foe, the Athenians have access to a variety of essential resources such as, a strong navy and their numerous tax-paying allies allows them to achieve a higher chance of victory at war. (1.80). Therefrom, due to these important facts, the wise king Archidamus strongly encourages their population to postpone their attack and to prepare their army instead.
He will risk his own son who had an impairment to join the war. Not only for his country’s sake but he wanted to make Jack feel the glory of war. With the word glory, it seems that Rudyard really felt his country’s superiority over the other countries. On the other hand, Jack also wanted to join. He even underwent military training and he struggled.
Through these battles, Beowulf’s strength, humbleness and courageousness is revealed. These are characteristics that are crucial in defining an epic hero. However, every epic hero has a tragic flaw. Beowulf’s tragic flaw is his pride. His tragic flaw is evident throughout the novel thinking he can win them all.
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).
Achilles is an unbelievable warrior who doesn’t get the thanks he deserves. He also got his war prize taken away from him and still basically wins the war for the Greeks. Finally, Achilles has characteristics and traits that people can connect with and understand his feelings. Achilles is viewed as a hero, though he isn’t treated great and complains for a while, he still wins the war and emerges as the sympathetic character in the Illiad. Right from the beginning of the Illiad, the reader finds out a lot about Achilles.
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. Within the Iliad Achilles’s anger is triggered with an attack on his honor and pride. When Agamemnon takes Briseis, he responds with withdrawing from the Trojan war, and the Trojans use that opportunity to attack the Greeks with them vulnerable due to loss of Achilles in the frontline. His wrath climaxes when he gives up all laws of society and humanity and lets his hate for the Trojans take a new level after Patroklos is killed, when Achilles kills Hektor, were Achilles drags Hektors body around from his carriage and mutilates his body. Here the reader gets a
Me and my classmates were fed all those great examples of people fighting during Second World War sacrificing their lives and not even dare to look for any kind of reward other then admitting them into “hero ranks” of their “great” country. Fighting for reward was not hero like behavior. I realize though that this understanding of hero was more due to the norms and obligations of certain time and society. In “The Iliad” hero is noted for his courage and strength and desire to fight especially if they risk their life or put it in any kind of danger. But at the same time Homer also pays great attention to rewards, heroes get for their fighting.