The people in ancient times chose Achilles rather than Hector merely because Achilles is an outstanding warrior and he is part god. Fighting is what Achilles excels at, and at that time, that was really the only aspect that mattered. It does not matter that Achilles is selfish, stubborn, and prideful, as long as he can fight well for his country. The Greeks were actually hurt by this because Achilles did not even end up fighting for his country until his best friend died. His stubbornness outweighed his greatness (Homer 178).
He was one of the finest Greek soldiers. Diomedes was respectful of authority, humble about his successes, and was very levelheaded. Achilles had great fighting skill as well; however, he had trouble respecting authority and keeping his cool, both results of his excessive pride. If Achilles had not been so prideful, he could have been a much greater warrior and hero, perhaps achieving status equal to the gods. He simply had too much pride.
Achilles always seemed to need help to win his battles in life, whether it was aid from a god, his immortality, or his indestructible armor. In the end of the epic when Hector was killed by Achilles, he was still assisted in doing so with the help of Athena. Unlike Hector, who had no aid from the gods and tried his hardest in every predicament he ran into. Hector is a loving husband, father, son and brother; and he is an even stronger warrior and leader because of these things. Although Achilles is a commendable fighter, he is an undependable leader who has a temper when he does not get what he wants.
Achilles: An Inspiring Hero? Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, was an inspiration to many people both past and present. While he was a hero in terms of his strength in battle, he also proves that he is heroic when it comes to morals. Achilles’ accomplishments as commander and conqueror in the Trojan War alone are enough to prove his heroics (That’s Greece, N.D.). Being born a demigod, he exemplifies the power and leadership of the gods before him (The History Channel, 2014).
Despite all they do to his body, Apollo protects it from all damages. Achilles and Hector are both loved by Zeus, who has taken no side in this dispute. Hector and Achilles, two outstanding warriors on opposing sides in a conflict, show that there is more to people than what meets the eye. Although they are seen as ultimately heroic and powerful, their weaknesses and inner conflicts are unmistakable. Their differences are larger and more significant than their similarities, and to think of them as interchangeable warriors diminishes their significance.
Since we leave the story with this vision of Achilles we have no other chance to see the good side of him, and we assume he is a disgusting warrior. The epic started with an amazingly strong warrior, Achilles, who is extremely feared, and another powerful man, Hector, who was not nearly as celebrated as Achilles. But, by the close of the story we end up with a noble man Hector, and another, Achilles, to be looked down upon because of his unnecessary, and over the top actions. Although, both men, Hector, and Achilles are considered heroes Hector stands out at the conclusion of the novel because of his respectable act by attempting to fight Achilles. All in all both men are fierce leaders who both continuously showed what they are capable of, and what they were able to do with what they were given.
The Iliad focuses its narrative on the glories of heroes in the Trojan War, particular Achilles and Hector. Although both are heroes for their side, they have complex personalities that explain their actions. Indeed, as one reads through the poem, it seems that they have nothing in common. They do not share motives for fighting, similar views concerning the immortals, or perspective concerning relationships of those around them, yet they are united by characteristics that constitute a hero as we understand one. Despite their differences, Achilles and Hector both place value on bravery, fight on behalf of others, and see the humanity in those they are fighting with and against.
Next, the second hero was actually really good friends with Achilles, and fought alongside him, this is Odysseus. If you didn’t know, Odysseus was also a great warrior; he fought with courage and strength. He wasn’t afraid to fight any man, he should have though. Odysseus was also the ma... ... middle of paper ... ...N.p., n.d.
Hector was more of a family man that fought to keep his family and his people safe. He also had a great deal of respect for the gods which is why he was loved by Zeus. Achilles however was very stubborn and fought for glory and hoped to solidify his legacy. He did not respect the gods and was not afraid to confront them, though he did love his mother very much he disregarded her warnings in order to preserve his name and honor. Ultimately these characteristics would lead to the downfall of these great warriors.
There was a strong point that Hector is able to underestimate Helen’s seductive ways because of his dedication to his country, his family. It is an obvious reason, why Hector is against the war is because he was fear this war will result in the fall of Troy, which is a feeling and thought that he has that repeats over the course of the Iliad. While in a meantime Achilles is the most outstanding character and the hero of the Iliad. He is the pride of the Greek military. He is the son of Theas.