Hector vs Achilles Essay
Different societies develop different concepts of the term hero. The Greek heroic ideal was based on being all around excellent, if it means sailing a ship, to delivering a speech to your army in battle. In the Illiad, Homer clearly believes complete development of qualities such as physical strength, intellectual ability, and moral force must also be apparent in a hero. Between Achilles and Hector, Hector carries more apparent heroic traits then Achilles. Hector is the mightiest warrior in the Trojan army. He wrecks havoc on the Achaean army during Achilles period of absence. In the Iliad, book XVI; Hector leads the assault that finally penetrates the Achaean stronghold and he is the first and only Trojan to set fire to an Achaean ship, killing Patroclus Achilles’s brother in arms and best friend. Hector faced Diomedes and Odysseus in battle and when faced with his attack, he was described as an ‘incredible dynamite’, and a ‘maniac’. Another heroic quality Hector portrays is being a tender, loving, family oriented man. Hector shows deep, love and commitment for his wife and children. In book 6, lines 407 to 493 hector shows his kindness and lovingness to his wife and children. ‘I too am concerned, but if I hid from the fighting like a coward, I would be shamed before all the Trojans and their wives in their trailing robes.’ With this hector held out his arms to take his son, alarmed his son cried out loud in the sight of his battle armor and bronze helmet. Hector took off his helmet and set it aside, he then kissed his beloved son, dandled him in his arms, and prayed aloud:’ Zeus, and all you gods, grant that this boy like me may be foremost amount the Trojans, as mighty in strength, and a powerful lead of Ilium. And some day may they say when they return from war, “ he’s a better man than his father”, Hector gives his son back to his mother then says a loving phrase to his wife telling her not to grieve so deeply because none...
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