The Trojans were overpowering the Achaeans and Achilles orders his unit, the Myrmidon soldiers, to go fight for Agamemnon. At first glance, Achilles’ gift to Patroclus seems like an honorable gesture, he was supporting a war effort that needed to be fought for the Achaean honor. After considering his motives though, it seems that Achilles’ decision was actually a way of skirting the battle altogether. By giving away his armor, Achilles could not protect himself during the conflict which forced him to avoid the majority of the fighting. Furthermore, by commanding his troops to join the war assured himself that the war would be won thus guaranteeing everyone a safe boat ride back to Athens.
Achilles and Patroklos I think the reason that Achilles allows Patroklos to fight is because Achilles knows that the Greeks need all the help they can get. The Trojans are very near to their ships and without some great miracle, the Greeks will be defeated. When Patroklos comes to Achilles with the idea of going out in his armor and fighting to try to muster the Greek troops and frighten the Trojans, Achilles is taken in by his dear friend’s plea. Achilles gives in because he knows how much this opportunity will mean to Patroklos, who has always stood in Achilles’ shadow. So as to give his friend an opportunity to gain honor through battle and become great, Achilles allows Patroklos to enter the battle wearing his armor and with his blessing, even though he places a few stipulations on him.
The Heroic Code determined status in Greece ranging from warriors such as Achilles at the top of the totem pole to being a voice of reasoning like Nestor. The Heroic Code in the Iliad also helped determine the prizes that the Greeks would achieve. This explains why Achilles would garner better war prizes than his other Greek counterparts. One definition of the heroic code being used in the Iliad is when Hector ignored the Priam’s request to not fight Achilles, being the Trojan hero Hector was ignored Priam’s plea and wounded up dying because of it. Another example of the heroic code in the Iliad was when Achilles basically chose to fight in war instead of staying home.
If Patrocleus would have thought logically, and not acted on pride, he would of remained alive. In addition to Hector and Patrocleus, the main character in The Iliad - Achilles, was also brought to ruin by his pride. For example, he was too proud to fight in the war when Agamemnon took his woman.
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.
In neither Rambo: First Blood, nor the Iliad, are the protagonists compelled into action voluntarily; though by fighting Achilles had more to gain than Rambo. Although, Achilles withdrew from war he was bound to fight for several reason. He had an oath to Menelaus to rescue Helen. He wished for vengeance against the incompetent leader Agamemnon who was responsible for stealing Achilles geras, Briseis. Agamemnon action of taking a geras he did not earn effectively invalidated the entire cultural system of winning time, honor.
Homer descriptively details the armor of Achilles to show the importance of this scene. Despite Achilles warnings of what risks the armor could bear, he selfishly thinks of himself and allows Patroclus to wear the protective furnishing and go out into battle. Achilles only worries about “when one man attempts to plunder a man of his equal, / to commander a prize, exulting so in his power. / that’s the pain that wounds [him], suffering such humiliation” (16.61-63). He would send out his own best friend to sacrifice
When Achilles left the army, he was so infuriated that he pled to his mother, Thetis, to ask Zeus to favor the Trojans, in which Zeus agreed to. The Trojans began t... ... middle of paper ... ...s a different side of Achilles. Besides the grief he developed, Achilles seems to have felt a great sense of humiliation for not going into battle himself and having sent Patroclos instead. Determined for revenge, Achilles decided upon himself to return to battle. This can be perceived that not only does Achilles want vengeance, but also for the chance to redeem his honor and glory.
Achilles knew that he would be killed in the war; however, Achilles chose to die in the war and be considered a hero over dying as an old man and being considered a coward ("Learning from Achilles"). Hector shows his intelligence by leading the Trojans. A specific instance when Hector showed his intelligence has never been revealed; however, Hector must be intelligent to be the leader of the most feared army at that point in time. Beowulf shows his intelligence when he confronts Grendel. Beowulf deceives Grendel by pretending to be asleep.
When Achilles slays Hector he does it with anger; Hector pleads with Achilles to return his body for a proper buri... ... middle of paper ... ...ges forward and continues with the fight. Every war has its own hero who saves the community from the destruction. It is the same case for the Trojans and the Greeks. They have their warriors who with the support of their Gods lead the troops in the fight against each other. The warriors are never short of flaws as indicated in the Iliad.