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 was killed at the hands of the young prince that started the war, fate finally caught up with him, the tragic hero falls. CONCLUSION In The Iliad Achilles is the example for the tragic hero because of his individuality and rage. Achilles came face to face with his fate in Troy. By going to war he was signing his own death certificate, but because of his hubris he went and fought.
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.
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.
War is said to bring out both the best and the worst in those involved: bravery, heroism, and sacrifice intermingle with cowardice, savagery, and greed. In Homer’s Iliad, the audience gets more than a taste of both, yet the poet puts the focus on the good in the warriors by using the gods as scapegoats for the folly of man. From the audience’s perspective, the removal of human blame takes the emphasis off of the questionable motivation and execution of this decade-long conflict, and places it on the struggles and sacrifices of the soldiers themselves, as it should be.
Mosse argues that the idealization or romanticization of war can be traced back to how war is portrayed by writers and how it influences idealist. These idealists later become the leaders of the military and agitate for war. Both authors talk about how the media inaccurately portrays a romantic image of war. Gabriel’s main argument is that war has always been horrible. It is so horrible that people are deathly afraid of it.
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.
No one could slight your work in battle. You’re a strong fighter, but you slack off-You don’t have the will. It breaks my heart to hear what the Trojans say about you.” (Homer, 127) Achilles can be viewed as the opposite of this and is in turn rewarded with eternal glory by denying a long, comfortable life with his family at home. The text itself appears to support this claim of judging character based on performance in battle and applies at times to the gods of Olympus. The epic seems to praise brave and war perpetuating deities such as Athena while it pokes fun at gods that despise battle, using the apprehensiveness of Aphrodite and Artemis to add comic relief.
(Sophocles 5... ... middle of paper ... ...ther and being unable to know what that means, Athena proclaims that "[m]ine is the final vote, [a]nd I award it to Orestes' cause" (Aeschylus 140). He was simply following the unspoken law that you kill the person responsible for your family member's death. No matter what action he took, he would of be looked down upon with disdainment. The act of revenge is the most honorable of all types of justice. Killing those who kill people you care about exhibits your loyalty to the man or woman who is deceased.
The intelligence of Achilles proves him to be a tragic hero. Achilles’ extreme intelligence allowed him to think in the most complicated situations. When Achilles made nonsensical decisions, Achilles knew of his foolishness and the possible outcome of his decision. Achilles’ intelligence shows when Achilles decides to enter the Trojan War. 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").
Analysis of The Man He Killed, Reconciliation, and Dreamers In the chosen poems, Thomas Hardy, Walt Whitman, and Sigfried Sassoon each have a common viewpoint: war brings out the worst in man, a feeling buried deep inside the heart. Even with this clotting of the mind due to the twisting ways of war, a flicker of remorse, a dream of someplace, something else still exists within the rational thought. These poems express hope, the hope that war will not be necessary. They show that man only kills because he must, not because of some inbred passion for death. These three authors express this viewpoint in their own ways in their poems: "The Man He Killed", "Reconciliation", and "Dreamers".