The Fury of Achiles in Homer's Illiad and Ovid's Metamorphoses

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In Homers Illiad, Homer illustrates the battle between Achilles Hector, who was the Prince of Troy. In Ovid's Metamorphoses, Ovid illustrates the battle between Achilles and Cycnus, who is the son of Neptune. In both battles, the outcome is the same both warriors are slain by Achilles. While both stories have the same ending with Achilles coming out victorious, they both paint very different stories of Achilles. In one, they describe Achilles almost as human, seeking revenge with no remorse. In the other, they show Achilles as pure rage, blinded by his own fury. By comparing both of the battle stories, one can tell the differences both Homer and Ovid try to express. In Homer's Illiad, Book 22, the story starts with the god Apollo tricking Achilles, and making him run away from the battle in order to save the city Troy. After Achilles figures this out, he makes way to complete his task at hand. There at the Western Gate stood Hector standing his ground despite the attempts of pleading reasoning from his parents, Priam, and Hecuba, to come back inside the gates. Eventually, Hectors nerves got to him and began to run around the city trying to escape the chase of Achilles. After a few trips around the city, Athena steps in and tricks Hector by impersonating Hector's brother. Athena tricks him by saying…
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