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Achilles Vs Hector Research Paper

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Heroism is bravery, something every epic hero has. An epic hero is a greater than life figure whose actions are meaningful to an epic poem. Epic heroes take dangerous adventures and accomplish great deeds requiring courage and superhuman strength. In The Iliad, both Achilles and Hector are considered epic heroes. Achilles and Hector are both great warriors, courageous, have Battlefield honor, and bold. Achilles and Hector have the similarity of both being great and skilled warriors. Achilles is a warrior who fights for the Greeks, while Hector is the leader and a warrior of the Trojan Army. Achilles and Hector are both at the same level of warrior greatness but Achilles is more skilled than Hector. The Greeks see him as a great skilled fighter.…show more content…
courage is an important tool for a hero. Without it, the so-called hero would be frightened and would become a coward. In the Iliad, Hector shows more courage than Achilles in book 6 when he looks for his wife, Andromache and his son. Andromache begs Hector not to leave her a widow and her son an orphan. Hector replies "I would die of shame to face the men of Tory if I would shrink from battle now, a coward." This is shown in lines 463 through 467. Hector is saying that he is willing to fight and face his death than looking like a coward to stay alive. Also in lines 66 through 68 “ To stand up bravely, always to fight in the front ranks of Trojan soldiers, winning my father great glory, glory for myself.” He shows courage by bravely standing up for glory. Achilles is also courageous but not like Hector who is willing to risk his life for good. Achilles when fighting he sees it as something normal. killing is easy for him and this means that he has enough courage to kill like if it were to usually happen.
A hero's mission is to fight. The way to gain immortality and glory is through heroic actions in war or battle. Achilles and Hector spend much of their life either preparing to or participating in these combat. battlefield honor is really important to these heroes because without honor they feel like nothing. Honor in battlefields is meaningful in such way that makes sense because Hector and Achilles were made to fight. Meaning they need
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