A brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements, a human being with characteristics a society admires and often wishes to emulate. A hero that fights for a noble cause. In this paper the focus will be on the Trojan War worrier, Achilles and Hector. A war that lasted for ten years, fought over a woman, Helen. Who fled to Troy with Paris, son of the Trojan king Priam. Both Achilles and Hector were epic worries, in that the culture resulting from such a society that relied heavily on the warrior class. Which rules due to the extreme instability of the times, the culture viewed warriors as the only class fit to lead. A leader had to continually demonstrate his ability as a warrior, …show more content…
Upon hearing the news that Hector killed Patroclus in battle “Patroclus is down”, Book I (21), Achilles wept and cried, enough that his mother Thetis heard him from under the sea. She came up to surface to comfort her son and to assure him that good day are ahead. You need time to reorganize your thoughts in order to go back to war. The Trojans will back off once they notice you from the trenches. That is exactly the weak side that Hector and the Trojans displayed when Achilles appeared in the trenches (209). Hector has a family, while Achilles did not. Hector is probably viewed more than sympathetic due to the fact that he has a family and fighting against the odd. His love to his family unveiled when Hector came back from battle he carried and kissed his dear son, Book VI (499). Also, The Iliad ended with Hector’s funeral and the grief of the Trojans. Hector seems to put war aside when it comes to his family and devote his attention and love to his family. As for Achilles, his only family is his mother, Thetis, and his only close friend is Patroclus. Achilles only goes to his mother to whine regarding matters not going his way. Shortly after, Hector killed his close friend Patroclus, and Achilles seeks revenge on Hector.
In conclusion, Achilles and Hector have many similarities and differences. They are similar in both being distinguished warriors of their countries.
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