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.
This regret Hector has in the end, both literally and physically tears away his façade, showing him from what he was; a scared and conflicted man. Illustrated during what be believed to be his greatest moment, when he stands as the solitary defender of Troy. Even though, his father screams from the ramparts in a final effort to convince Hector that even if he is young and his death will be glorious, it will be ultimately a selfish death because it will bring no peace upon his family. Hector understands that a death fighting merciless Achilles would mean his family will be left with no body to morn so they all will be left suffering until they are eventually brutally killed by the invaders. (Homer XXII.
Hector, arguably the greatest Trojan warrior or even the bravest of the Homeric heroes is very fierce and fights for what he believes is his destiny. In book VI Hector expresses his bravery when Andromache pleads with Hector not to fight when Hector says, “But I would die of shame to face the men of Troy and the Trojan woman trailing their long robes if I would shrink from battle now, a coward. Nor does the sprit urge me on that way. I’ve learned it all too well. To stand up bravely, always to fight in the front ranks of Trojan soldiers, winning my father great glory, glory for myself” (VI, 387).
It’s unfortunate in fact that such high standards were placed of the hero’s in this poem. Many great men perished during the Trojan war because it was not in their wishes to conceive defeat and fall back, they had to fight to the death, it was the only way. The hero often finds himself in “kill or be killed” situations where they are fighting their opponents will and desire for glory and their loathing and unacceptability of shame. When a battle took place, it was one on one. One hero vs. another, one man and his resume of victorie... ... middle of paper ... ...willingly sacrifice the chance to live a long life for the opportunity to attain Kleos and their desperate desire to avoid Shame.
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, a very valuable warrior and great fighter was a very significant part of the Trojan War. He wasn’t fighting for a family back home or anything of that nature, he was simply fighting because it was his destiny. He knew going into the battle that he was going to die, but he trusted that fighting was the best thing for him and something he had to do. He took his destiny seriously, even though he knew it meant he was going to die. Odysseus, on the other hand, was fighting a very different battle.
I cannot do so: I know nothing save to fight bravely in the forefront of the Trojan host and win renown alike for my father and myself. (142) Although we start the story with Hector as a middle aged man with wife and child and many years of experience in a battle, I would like to identify the traits imposed on those of noble birth. Early on in many societies where war was a fundamental component of manhood, there was also politics, communicative skills, networking and influence. From the beginning of their comprehension, nobility is raised to personify, bravery, judgment and leadership. Homer provides us insight into Hectors mindset with the following: Hector answered, “Wife, ... ... middle of paper ... ...aving his wife and child, he’s forced to stand firm and lead his men into glory.
Both characteristics believed that their fate is to die on the battle as the warrior, but approach war differently. However, they all have the advantage and disadvantage. Also, They have the different reasons to fight the battle that hector fight for his homeland and his family's honor and Achilles fight for Helen , also because he is the best warrior that he want people to respected him. In similarity, Hector and Achilles were born in royal family, and they loved their family. They both known as greatest warriors, and that is their fate to be warriors.
Achilles knowingly marches to his death for his mother told him that “if [he] hold out here and [he] lay siege to Troy, [his] journey home is gone, but [his] glory never dies” (Book IX line 498-501). He is willing to go to his death for the slightest hope of glory. However, take away his glory and he no longer has a reason to fight. Because Agamemnon takes Achilles’ prize, Briseis, Achilles withdraws from the battle. If glory and prizes can be taken so easily, Achilles finds no sense in the war or to continue the battle.
The purpose of older men’s declaration of war is to ultimately fight for what one thinks is rightfully theirs. In order to accomplish this overwhelming desire, a military full of strong, fast and brave soldiers are needed. The perfect generation to fulfill the soldier requirements is the young generation. But, no one realizes the extensiveness of a war, or at least mentions it. Paul and his comrades where encourage to participate in the war because they would become hero.