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 goddess alike. Achilles challenges Hector to a dual to avenge his cousin’s death by Hectors hand and kills him dragging his body around his beloved great walled city of Troy.
Because Patroclus stepped up and took over Achilles position, dying for Achilles revealed the true hero in Patroclus. He begged “for his own death and brutal doom” (16.55). Patroclus was so determined to take upon Achilles responsibility he lost sight of his own life. His bravery caught up with his confidence; every war contains losses and sacrifices. Homer clearly has a redundant pattern of characters seeking glory no matter the cost.
A dragon attacks Beowulf’s kingdom and his terrorizing his people. Rather than send warriors to fight the dragon, Beowulf goes himself to fight the dragon. Taking sword and shield he engages the beast in combat. However, Beowulf runs into complications with this beast, “the iron Shield, and for a time it held, protected Beowulf as he’d planned; then it began to melt.
This was because he was the most ferocious warrior of his time. Lastly, by his attempt to avoid his fated death Achilles will show he is the prototype for the tragic hero. Achilles chooses his young death when he decides to fight in Troy. Fate must be accepted and by trying to change it Achilles is locked into a tragedy. CONSUMING RAGE: THE REAL ACHILLES HEAL Achilles consuming rage is his tragic... ... middle of paper ... ... Achilles in the heel, his one weak point, and the greatest warrior of all met his inevitable fate of death (Homer).
Achilles’ key to fame was not only in killing hordes of Trojans but also killing one of their beloved icons – Hector. “...Brilliant Achilles drove his spear and the point went stabbing clean through the tender neck...” He killed Hector as revenge for Hector killing Patroclus. Hector was the first Trojan icon to go down in The Iliad although the next ones went down later on in the war, perhaps not in The... ... middle of paper ... ...pt one) fled his side, he bravely fought the dragon. He did not survive the battle against the dragon, however, but Beowulf did manage to slay him. And death in battle also attributes to the glory he earned and will leave him to be a very famous man throughout history (in the story.
Following Patroclus’ death, Achilles repeats the behavior cycle by regaining his courage and motivation, and goes back to battle against Hector. The pride he feels in killing Hector and his overpowering hatred for him, leads Achilles to another bad decision: disrespecting the body of his enemy. This foolish choice leads directly to Achilles death. Although The Iliad is mainly known as a story about the Trojan War, it is understood as a story about Achilles and his struggle to be a hero. Achilles’ behavior starts out with arete, or someone’s great qualities.
Book Sixteen tells of a developing Achilles. Although he is still seen as reneging on his military honor code, the irresponsibility on his part is far more surreptitious. Achilles finally agrees to take part in the war. He allows his best friend Patroclus to join the battle and lends him his personal armor. The Trojans were overpowering the Achaeans and Achilles orders his unit, the Myrmidon soldiers, to go fight for Agamemnon.
Although Aeneas accepts, Juturna who is Turnus’s sister provokes an Italian soldier to throw a spear at the Trojans which ensues in another battle. Both Aeneas and Turnus come head-to-head as Aeneas wounds him with his trusted spear. Turnus begs the Trojans for mercy; with Aeneas considering it, he sees Turnus is wearing the belt of the lately deceased Pallas. Aeneas is enraged with anger and impales Turnus with his sword winning the battle. Aeneas leads the Trojans extremely well with the help of his gods.
But now I’ll go and meet that murderer head-on, that Hector who destroyed the dearest life I know. For my own death, I’ll meet it freely.” (Iliad Book XVIII 133-8) Despite a prophecy that he will die if he avenges his friend, Achilles returns to the front enraged and ready for battle. His downfall of losing his closest friend due to his stubbornness has wrought a change in Achilles and he now returns to the battle to avenge and honor his friend’s death. The cunnin... ... middle of paper ... ...ruth of what he had done. After discovering the truth, he sees what he has done, but no longer has physical sight.
Beowulf’s kingdom praised him and he became king of the Geats. In his final battle, Beowulf tries to obtain the treasure of a fire dragon. Beowulf, too weak to fight on his own, obtained help from his friend Wiglaf. Before Beowulf died, he crowned Wiglaf as the new king of the Geats. In the Iliad, Hector, the mightiest of the Trojan army, killed the first Greek who stepped on Trojan soil ("Encyclopedia.com", 2001).