Achilles vs hector - a battle not only between two champions, but between two sets of morals and two ways of living. Derivation of iliadic self-identity through heroic code achilles slays hector, peter paul rubens, 1630-5 above all, the code followed by homeric heroes is to achieve individual honor through fighting for a specific purpose their conduct is based on this code and their actions are dictated by what fellow fighters perceive. Hector and achilles both are courageous soldiers, relatively honorable men, and respected leaders, but they also both have human failings that eventually lead to tragedy in homer's lyrical verses and in his use of detail, diction, meter and imagery, he paints his own portrait of a classic hero through the brave deeds as well. A second characteristic that defines a hero in the iliad is that they are generally honorable men and very respected by the people that surround them hector and achilles are both strong and fearless soldiers, and because of this they are looked up to and depended upon by the trojans and the achaeans when either hero.
His honor is shown in the elaborate ceremonies that achilles holds for his passing, and the extent of the mourning shown hektor and paris provide a good example of family honor by the contrast in their characters hektor is undoubtedly honorable, brave, and respected, as he “learned to be valiant and to fight always. Hector's slaying, linked by fate to that of achilles, is the key event it leads to a sublime reconciliation keywords: iliad, trojan war, achilles, hector, death in battle, woman during war, widow, orphan, bereavement younger brother would behave more honorably, for his royal family's sake and for his individual honor,. The gifts that agamemnon offers do not compensate for the public affront, the public insult achilles believes he has suffered a concern for gifts, the reader realizes, is far less important to achilles than his concern for a proper, honored place in the world after all, agamemnon had previously given gifts and then taken them. Achilles thrusts a spear through hector and shortly thereafter troy's greatest hero dies achilles drags his body after his chariot and continues to mangle hector's body day after day however, when priam later priam travels back to troy with his son's body and hector receives an honorable funeral the iliad ends here and.
He knows that he must fight achilles and he does as for achilles' pride, we can see this in his arguments against agamemnon there are also differences between the two men achilles often times comes off a blood thirsty and bent on glory for himself at worst, achilles comes off as childish hector is consistently honorable. The respectable thing is to return the body to the city in order for them to give an honorable burial, but achilles, filled with rage and pride, disallows the city from burying hector this shows a great lack of character although achilles proves to be physically stronger than hector, hector has a better and stronger character. Hector is filled with fear, and homer compares him to a cringing dove (167) while achilles is seen as a hound pursuing a fawn (225), as achilles chases hector around and around the walls of troy but notice, as mueller interprets the passage, that homer does not judge hector harshly for fleeing: and the one who fled was.
It was with the belt of ajax that achilles dragged hector suicide of ajax when achilles was killed, his armor was to be awarded to the next greatest greek hero ajax thought it should go when he realized he had slaughtered the herd, he committed suicide as his only honorable end ajax used the sword. In classic literature like the iliad, hector is the poster boy of virtue because he's the ultimate family man and honorable warrior in this play not so much let's look and later, when hector goes toe-to-toe with achilles on the battlefield, he lets his opponent stop and take a breather (5614-19) that's downright courteous. This week we are going to travel back to homer's greece let me know which hero from the odyssey or the iliad you would marry, date and dump in the comments below i'm pretty excited to find out who choose also as a side note, given the option to provide pictures of the characters from. From a modern perspective, one might consider hector to be a more sympathetic or even honorable character than achilles hector cares for his wife, child, and city, and works tirelessly to save them from destruction achilles cares only for himself, and spends a large part of the poem sulking however, from the ancient.
A young man it beseemeth wholly, when he is slain in battle, that he lie mangled by the sharp bronze dead though he be, all is honourable whatsoever be seen  and to his folk goodly achilles made sign with a nod of his head, and would not suffer them to hurl at hector their bitter darts, lest another might smite him. In the final year of the conflict, priam saw 13 sons die: the greek warrior achilles killed polydorus, lycaon, and hector within one day the death of hector, which signified the end of troy's hopes, also broke the spirit of the king priam's paternal love impelled him to brave the savage anger of achilles and to ransom the. A warrior hero such as ajax, hector or achilles must be willing to fight in hand-to- hand combat day after day he must be able, physically and psychologically, to plunge a sword into the body of another human being, and to risk having a sword plunged into his own he must be brutal and ready to risk. Achilles is telling hector that he will allow vultures and dogs to despoil his body this is cruel in ancient greek culture, everyone had to receive a funeral pyre or their soul would not go into hades instead, the soul would be damned to wait by the river styx with other lost souls who didn't receive an honorable funeral.
He knows his own brother is in the wrong here, and he's making an effort to put things right in an honorable and just manner sure, he's spent nine years killing greeks now a lot of people familiar with trojan war are probably wondering why i have hector here but not achilles well the truth is that achilles was a fucking. Hector, in his final moments, begs achilles for an honorable funeral, but achilles replies that he will let the dogs and vultures devour hector's flesh (throughout the homeric poems, several references are made to dogs, vultures, and other creatures that devour the dead it can be seen as another way of saying one will die). As they approach to fight one another, both achilles and hector are submitting to the form of death they regard as honorable: hector to his most likely death at the hands of achilles, and achilles to his eventual death at troy, which, he is told, will take place soon after he kills hector at the time portrayed in.
I always was incredibly fond of hector, he's my favorite greek hero by far i think it has to do with the scene where he says goodbye to andromache and his son, and his son cries because he's afraid of hector's helmet i had to translate that in greek class, and it made me cry, because doing the honorable thing can be so sad. Confrontation between achilles and hector on the one hand, and between raoul de hector's only remaining recourse is to call upon achilles the wrath of the gods: “i was sure that i should not move you, for your heart is hard as iron look to it that i raoul, sire, by god who is the judge of us all, take pity and let us make.
When hector faced up to achilles with his last dying breath, he wanted an honorable burial from his people however, achilles refused this request and rather torture hector's dead body on his chariot which is a display of disrespect and dishonor later on, the gods intervened and persuaded achilles to. In the iliad, he is portrayed as compassionate and honorable, although perhaps a bit overly-bold from the very beginning early in the war, it was hector who proposed that menelaus duel his brother paris to prevent more bloodshed during the absence of achilles, hector leads the trojans to the greek ships themselves. Therefore, by this definition, hector is the more honorable character in the iliad achilles possesses great strength and holds the place as the mightiest warrior in the achaean army and has all the attributes of a legendary warrior these characteristics of achilles are, unfortunately, all he has to attribute to.