Hector too allows rage to manifest when Patroclus kills Sarpedon. He finally succeeds and tells Patroclus, “vultures will eat you / On this very spot” (283). Hector lets his rage speak when he says this to Patroclus since he has finally stopped him from killing a countless number of his men. It also shows Hectors intent to hold back the Greeks from recovering Patroclus’ body. This prevents Patroclus from subsequent proper preparation for mourning (287) by his friend Achilles and his fellow soldiers.
Achilles anger was a predominant theme in the Iliad. It led to Patrokolos, death, Hektor’s death and a great many other Trojan deaths. Achilles was a very powerful Greek warrior, he had many faults but one of his most prominent was his uncontrollable anger. Multiple times throughout the Iliad his anger had for reaching effects on the war and people around him. These effects were not usually favorable to anyone.
So in reality by killing Caesar it wasn’t displaying loyalty and honor it was really showing stupidity. But Brutus’ tragic flaws are the real reason of his own downfall, as well as Rome’s. Unfortunately Rome’s downfall was because Brutus had caused his own downfall. It first started when the conspirators killed Caesar, but what had made the situation worse was allowing Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral. After the funeral the locals of Rome was so moved by Antony’s speech that they were in a blind fury and had to kill any conspirator that they had found, which ended up in the death of Cinna the poet.
Thousands of Greeks died during that war which was triggered by Agamemnon’s anger. In the Iliad Homer gives a good example of a bad king. Of a king who impulsively started the most murderous ancient war because of his anger and wrath. Homer wants to teach his people by pointing out this impulsive decision that Agamemnon had made. The Achilles’ rejection of participating in the Trojan war is also can be used as an example of a rush and unthinking action.
Character of Achilles in Homer's Iliad The Iliad may be seen as an account of the circumstances that irrevocably alter the life of one man: Achilles, one of the greatest warriors. Throughout the course of the poem Achilles goes through many ordeals that change his character immensely. Starting with his quarrel with Agamemnon and withdrawal from battle, to the death of Patroklos, and with the slaying of Hektor. Achilles emotions and actions decide the fate of many warriors on both sides. Achilles struggles with anger, honor, pride, loyalty and love make the poem more that just a gruesome war story.
# The Trojans knew, respected and trusted in their deities. With this in mind, the killing of King Priam on the steps of the altar of his gods becomes more than just a death. Pyrrhus is not just slaughtering the king of a rival city, he is going out of his way to defile a holy place of their gods as and act of disgracing his foes. Because of this disregard for the gods, Pyrrus is shown to have little or bad character at this moment. The text describes Pyrrhus as "Burning for the death-stroke"# It would seem that there is no shred of human concern in this man.
However, Brutus was morally sound, and was truly repentant for his actions. Cassius, however, was the most heinous of the three, choosing to act in rage and revenge. I suppose that he also though that by ridding the world of Caesar; he could help the people of Rome heal as their leader. Yet, this was not the case, and he killed himself in despair because he led his friends to death. In the end, I suppose that the end does not justify the means, because nothing good can come from evil actions.
This is out of character for Achilles, who would normally be the first man into battle, not sitting one out. By “rejecting even the most earnest and impressive entreaties Agamemnon offers, and increasingly making decisions which are rationally indefensible”, he shows how much his wanting of revenge has turned him into a madman (smith 10). His only desire is to get revenge for his loss. It takes the death of Patroclus, his dear friend, to bring him back to the war, which he has left. The death of Patroclus not only forces Achi... ... middle of paper ... ...rses the murder of Agamemnon.
Achilles is later shot in his heel with an arrow and dies almost instantly. Though his previous conquests were amazing, they did not exempt him from the power of his fatal flaw. Achilles was also strong, vengeful, and deeply loyal. When hector strikes down Achilles’s best friend during battle, Achilles makes it a point to get revenge on Hector. Eventually Achilles brutally kills Hector and drags his body behind his chariot.
The result of Hectors pride was his death and the betrayment of his fellow warriors and friends. Another person within the Iliad whose pride was the downfall of his character, was Patrocleus. Patrocleus was a great warrior, friend, and asset to the Achiens. But, he made foolish choices on account of his pride. For instance he chose to wear Achille's armor into battle when Achilles refused to fight.