Iliad Poem Analysis

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“And went at each other again,
Like lions
After raw meat, or wild boars in rut.
Hector stabbed his spear dead center into Ajax’s shield
But the bronze point crumpled on its surface,
And Ajax was upon him, thrusting his spear hard
Through Hector’s shield. The force of the blow
Stunned him, and the point grazed his neck,
Drawing dark blood. This didn’t stop Hector.
He gave ground and picked up a stone, gripping it
In one hand, a huge black slab lying in the plain,
And heaved it onto Ajax’s massive shield,
Hitting it on the boss. The bronze rang like a gong.
Ajax in turn picked up a much bigger rock,
The size of a millstone, and, whirling around,
Put his enormous strength into the throw,
Crushing Hector’s shield and buckling his knees.
He lay curled on his back under his shield,
But Apollo quickly put him on his feet again.
And they would have gone at each other with swords
Had not the heralds, Zues’ messengers and men’s,
Come forward from both sides-
Talthybius and Idaeus, prudent men both.
They held their staffs between the two combatants,
And Idaeus made this formal pronouncement:
‘Fight no more, dear sons, nor battle more.
Zeus beyond the clouds loves you both,
And you are both spearmen, as we all know.
Now it is night, and it is good to yield to night’”
-Homer, Iliad; lines 268-296

In every story, there are heroes fighting for their people and a good cause, and then the villains fighting for their own selfish whims.  However, by all accounts Hector was the best warrior the Trojans could put on the battlefield and his fighting prowess was admired by Greeks and his own people alike, but is he really the superior warrior on the battlefield? The heroes always reign victorious, but not this time. In the Iliad, Hector fights a number of main characters including, Ajax, Patroclus, and Achilles, but was he the greatest warrior on the battlefield? At the advice of a brother that Hector is not destined to die yet. Hector challenges any...
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