Paris is the son of Priam and Hecuba king and queen of Troy. In Homer’s Iliad Paris is described as a cowardly prince with no talent in sword play. Paris is single handedly responsible for starting the Trojan War. Paris fell in love with Menelaus’ wife Helen, who he steals and brings back to Troy giving Greece the perfect excuse to declare war. Greece then storms the beach of Troy, Paris hiding safely behind his city walls. Menelaus then challenges Paris to fight him and end the war without further bloodshed; Paris accepts his challenge and tells Helen he loves her before facing her husband to the death. Paris is easily defeated by Menelaus, but he wanted more; Menelaus wanted to kill Paris to boost the morale of his men for their secret plan to attack the city of troy. Paris shaking with fear from his defeat was sent crawling back to the feet of his brother Hector, a much worthier warrior than his coward of a brother. Menelaus then attempts to strike the final blow while Paris begged at his brother’s feet, Hector then stabs Menelaus saying the battle is over, Agamemnon brother of Menelaus and ruler of Greece vows revenge promising to burn the walls of Troy to the ground. The battles still raged on, many warriors had fallen, including the cousin of Achilles; rumored to be the greatest warrior of all a demigod favored by gods and godde...
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...or family would have nothing in common with any human being, but both were excellent leaders in times of need. Stalin retreated his army slowly into the capital of Moscow starving the enemy and protecting his troops when the Germans invaded. Paris led hundreds of civilians to the safety of the mountains when the Greeks attacked through secret passageways throughout the city. Both of these historical leaders fought against unwelcomed forces and beliefs, both stood against tyrants who forced their oppression upon them. When Stalin took power he began to remove the Fascist government and unified the West and Soviet Union. Parris tried to stand his ground against Menelaus even though he knew he could be killed. Both men complete opposites, yet they share the common defense for their customs and beliefs in the time of need doing anything in their power to protect them.
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