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  • Initial Reactions Of Achilles And Creon
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    Both Creon of Sophocles Antigone and Achilles of Homer's The Iliad end up allowing the body of their enemy a proper burial. During the time following the death of Hector, Achilles is in a position very similar to that which Creon deals with in Antigone. Both men show similar flaws, and face similar struggles. The difference between the two men is only subtly discernible until the telling moment when each man is faced with pressure to change his stance on the fate of the fallen warrior. Each man'...
  • Killing Of Hector By Achilles
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    Before it was written, The Iliad was a poem told orally by the Greeks. The Iliad presents modern day readers with information about the Greek society many years ago in the B.C. time period. This poem portrays the important values of the Greek society during a heroic age. This heroic age is conveyed by one main character, Achilles. Achilles represents the tragic Greek hero in The Iliad, tragic because he chose his own death. Achilles knew (because of his mother Thetis), that he could either lead ...
  • Great Achilles Brags Over Hector's Dying Body
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    Hector's Death Hector, the great and mighty warrior, found himself not leading a charge this time You have not mentioned any previous time for this to reference to., but hiding for his life. The swift runner, Achilles, is Do not change verb tense in your narration. This verb is present tense, but "found" is past tense. out to get him like a lion after an outcast lamb good image. Achilles' god-like rage burns as fire in his heart against Hector for killing Patroclus, Achilles' beloved friend. Whe...
  • Achilles Fury At Hector
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    Heroes are defined by their humanity. Only after Achilles accepts his fate and comes to terms with his own mortality does he regain his humanity, and only then can he be considered a hero. The Iliad opens with the rage of Peleus's on Achilles, (Iliad 1.1) and closes with the burial of Hector breaker of horses (Iliad 24.944). The bracketing of the poem with descriptions of these two men suggests both their importance and their connection to one another. They lead parallel lives as the top fighter...
  • Agamemnon Orders Achilles
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    The Iliad Focus Questions Book I 1. What do the first six lines tell us about Achilles? The first six lines tell us that Achilles might be a military general or some one who can lead Greeks into battle, It states that Achilles is full of rage also that he is murderous, and doomed. I would think this meant that he would be going to "hell" for all the bad and murder that he has done. It says that he has killed a lot of people "hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls" (stanza 1, lin...
  • Fight Between Achilles And Hector
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    The Iliad is an epic that tells the story of how Achilles avenges the death of his friend Petrocolus. Many of the events that took place were influenced by the God's. The God either had control of the situation or took control of the situation at some point in time, not allowing the free will of the mortals to interfere with what was destined to happen. In the beginning of the Iliad, Agamemnon who the commander-in-chief of the Achaean forces, takes a liking to the Chryseis and takes her away fro...
  • Achilles For Hector's Body Back
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    The Iliad, a book by Homer about the Trojan War, focuses a lot on Achilles and his internal struggle with his personal desires. In the time of the Trojan War, there was an unspoken code of morals and how warriors of honor should follow. If they did not fight or acted cowardly it not only brought them shame but their family name was looked down on. Warriors that were defeated weren't always killed because they were sometimes taken prisoner to be used for ransom money or gifts. However, in the Ili...
  • Qualities The Character Of Achilles
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    From the initial callousness and stubborn temper of Achilles in the first books of the Iliad to the eventual 'humanization' of Achilles in his interaction with the grieving father of Hector, whom Achilles himself slew, the Iliad can be seen to chronicle the maturation of the Greek hero during the terrible battles of the Trojan War. Achilles is a hero in the epic sense, complete with flaws and bad qualities that round out the character, but with passions and convictions that any reader can relate...
  • Achilles Of Greece And Hector Of Troy
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    Achilles vs. Hector The epic myth the Iliad, by Homer, portrayed the plight of a war between the Trojans and the Greeks. Achilles of Greece and Hector of Troy are the heroes that are crucial in the myth. The two main leaders of the war are Agamemnon and Paris who can be inadequate at times. Achilles and Hector have conflicts that progress during the myth, as the war around them rages. In the war the heroes have their fates sealed with prophecies and the underlying Homeric code. The Homeric code ...
  • Contrast Between Hector And Achilles
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    Achilles vs. Hector: The Climax of the Iliad the meeting of two unique warriors. In the Iliad is a very interesting epic with features two main central characters that are similar in some ways but totally different in other ways. In this epic you will be introduced to Hector and Achilles. Two men from each side in the great Trojan-Greek war. They were both heroes to their people despite their clearly different contrast in their personalities. In this paper I will highlight the life of both of th...
  • Heroic Code And The Warriors Human Side
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    Achilles vs. Hector In the Iliad, many of the male characters display heroic characteristics, consistent with the heroic warrior code of ancient Greece. They try to win glory in battle, yet are often characterized as having a distinctly human side. They each have certain strengths and weaknesses, which are evident at many times throughout the conflicts described in the Iliad. Prime examples of such characters are Achilles and Hector. These two characters have obvious differences in their approac...
  • Achilles Personality Changes
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    How does Achilles change Why does the change take place Which personality is the true Achilles Initially, Achilles is selfish and petty. He refuses to fight in the war because Agamemnon takes Bris eis. His selfishness causes the death of many Argives. Without the strength and power of Achilles, no other Greek warrior is able to repel the powerful Hector. Achilles understands this and refuses to fight unless the Greeks recognize him as the supreme commander. When Agamemnon offers Achilles a plent...
  • Achilles And Hector
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    Two of the main characters in the Iliad are Achilles and Hector. Other than being great warriors, they have little in common. There are fundamental differences in their character. Hector, a great leader and family man is a protector of the people. Achilles, on the other hand is self-centered warrior, his motivation for fighting is for glory and remembrance. One of the glaring differences between the two men is their motive for battle. Achilles makes a decision to go to war because the gods have ...
  • Pits Achilles The Runner Against Hector
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    Difference in Heroes (The Iliad) Dana Fleming EH 220 - Nunn ally Essay #1- 10/7/99 The Differences in Heroes "What a worthless, burnt-out coward I'd be called If I would submit to you and all your orders, Whatever you blurt out. Fling them at others, Don't give me commands! Never again, I trust, will Achilles yield to you - My hands will never do battle for that girl, Neither with you, King, nor any man Alive". (p 111) With these wrathful words of Achilles to his commander Agamemnon, so begins t...
  • Agamemnon Over A Slight To Achilles Honor
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    General Plot Summary of Homer's Iliad The Iliad is a lengthy poem of some 15,693 lines, divided into 24 books (cantos) and has as its theme the anger (men is) of the Greek hero Achilles, the greatest of the heroes to sail to Troy. In the tenth year of the war, Achilles quarrels with the leader of the expedition, Agamemnon, over a slight to Achilles' honor. In his anger, Achilles withdraws from the fighting and wins the aid of Zeus, the king of the gods, to see to it that the war turns against th...
  • Patroclus Inferiority To Achilles In Battle
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    The Fate Of Patroclus Throughout The Iliad Of Homer, the constant theme of death is inherently apparent. Each main character, either by a spear or merely a scratch from a narrow, was wounded or killed during the progression of the story. For Zeus's on, Sarpedon, it was a spear through the heart, and for Hector, it was the bronze of the mighty Achilles through his neck which caused his early demise. It seems that no one could escape an agonizing fate. Of these deaths, the most interesting and int...
  • Greatness And Strength Of Hector
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    Heroic Greek Warriors Heroes take arduous journeys, confront mythical creatures, discover lost treasure, and change the nature of the world with their acts of courage and selflessness. They are legendary figures, endowed with great strength and ability, who dare to heed the call of adventure. These heroes endure much opposition, hardship, and danger to transcend the average man. Ultimately, the hero emerges as an invincible warrior who, by asserting his will, changes the world. Every civilizatio...
  • Rage Of Peleus Son Achilles
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    Anger is a brief lunacy. -Horace The Iliad, an epic poem written by Homer, portrays rage and vengeful human behavior. In his work, Homer introduces Achilles, an invincible and stubborn warrior. He has no match on the battlefield and is considered one of the greatest Greek fighters in the Trojan War (Sparknotes). Quick to offend, he is enraged when the King of Mycenae and leader of the Greek army, Agamemnon, speaks ill of him in front of the Achaen troops and demands Achilles prize, Briseis, in e...
  • Achilles Battles With Hector
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    Human nature is quite unpredictable and ever changing. As a result it leads to much destruction and creativity throughout life. Homer's epic poem The Iliad implies that the destructive aspect out ways the creative aspect just as it does in daily events. The destructiveness in this poem is emphasized through greed, the intertwining of mortals and immortals, and the actual accounts of battle. Greed is an underlying cause of the destructiveness in this poem. In book Agamemnon displays his greed fir...
  • Achilles Back Into Battle
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    The Iliad Achilles: Achilles is recognized by Greeks and Trojans as the greatest warrior of their time, and his mere presence on a battlefield could striker fear into his enemies. He is a character driven by intense anger and revenge throughout the story. His tragic flaw would in fact be his non-ability to control his emotions, which usually led him into trouble. One prime example of this would be when Agamemnon insulted him. After this happened he became so angry and bitter that he refused to h...

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