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Heroic Heroes In Iliad By Homer

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The epic poem, The Iliad by Homer depicts the Trojan War and its Heroes. Heroism is the qualities of a character of a person that makes them great. Two characters seen as heroic are Achilles and Hector, however; Achilles is more heroic because of his audacity, allegiance, compassion.
Heroism can be defined as the pursuit of good through warfare. Achilles is more heroic than Hector because more action occurs by the time Achilles engages in battle. Achilles is audacious because his recklessness drives him to the point of seeing the destructions of every last Achaean. Hector is audacious because despite the difficulties he faces, he still fights. While Achilles is holding the story back, Hector moves it forward. Achilles’s allegiance to Patroclus makes him great because Achilles realizes the only way to avenge Patrocolus’s death was to join the battle. Hector’s allegiance is also as well important because even though he knows the Trojans are losing, he fights. Achilles becomes compassionate when the King of Troy kneels before Achilles begging for Hector’s defiled body. Hector shows compassion towards his family by telling Achilles before his combat to return his body to Troy.
Achilles’s audacity brings about the destruction of many Achaeans. The story begins with Agamemnon arguing with a priest because he wanted his daughter back. Achilles being as logical as possible tells Agamemnon to return the girl and that his warriors would find him an even greater war prize. Agamemnon short tempered as he is assumes Achilles is trying to hold on to his war prize while he had to give his away and they begin to biker. After the girl was returned Agamemnon sent his men to take Achilles war prize. Because Achilles was so bound to this principle of honor, which Agamemnon failed to see, his audacity moved him to request the destruction of all the Achaeans. Achilles rage blinded him to the point that it did not matter whether some of the Achaeans were his friends he wanted their destruction.
Six years into the war, both sides agree to have one day without bloodshed to bury the dead so Hector takes this opportunity to visit his family. When Hector sees his wife they embrace then Hector’s wife tells him not to go back in battle because he would die leaving her a widow and his son behind. Despite Hector’s wife attempt to persuade Hector, his audacity did not allow him not to fight because he saw himself as a coward if he ran away in fear. Achilles’s audacity drives him to be rash while Hector’s audacity stands his...

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