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Hector v.s Paris Rivalry in The Liad

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Throughout time, sibling have had to deal with sibling rivalry. It is been seen even as far back as the 7th or 8th century b.c.e when homer wrote the epic poem, The Iliad. In the Iliad, Homer showed us a huge sibling rivalry between the two brother Hector and Paris. He focus on these two men that both want to become a great legacy and hero. Homer’s comparison of these to characters shows there drive to become the better man. Through all of there rivalries, which include but are not limited to family, behaviour in battle, and how they relate to the gods, Hector shows that he is the more honourable man.

Hector has a family and the way that he shows his compassionate relationship with his family is more honourable then the way that Paris tries to create a family of his own. In book number three we see that Paris is still trying to find a love that will last a lifetime, but the way that he goes about it does not put into consideration the feeling of the woman. When Helen talks to Paris saying the following

“So, home from the wars! Oh would to god you’d died there brought down by that great soldier, my husband long ago. And how you used to boast, year in, year out, that you were the better man than fighting Menelaus in power, arms and spear! So why not go back now hurl your challenge at Menelaus dear to Ares, fight it out together, man-to-man again?” (line 499-507)

We see that she does not think that Paris is being honourable. She believes that the more honourable man would have stayed and fought for her honour. Then in book six there is a scene with Hector and his family. In this scene we see that he really cares about his family .

“Grant this boy, my son, may be like me, first in glory among the Trojans, strong and br...

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...ow of it.”( Line 303-305) Hector knows that he is going to die but he still wants to die with honour. Hectors desire to protect his people and only call upon the gods when needed is a very important quality that demonstrates his distinguished capability to be honour-filled.

While both Hector and Paris conduct themselves to try to make themselves legendary and heroic. But when comparing Hectors’ innate goodness that showcase his riotousness in relationship to his family, behaviour in battle, and idea that gods only should be called upon in dire matters to Paris’ hard time relating to important relationships within his family, unwillingness to battle, and need for the gods to help him though a lot of personal issues you can see a huge difference. Thus, proving that hector is more honourable when comparing him to his brother Paris.
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