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Ironically, last week I was so intrigued by the characteristics of Achilles and Hector I chose the topic to post on the message board last week not particularly making the connection to any “Homeric hero” qualities. For some reason, however, I felt that Achilles was depicted by Homer as “the good guy” and Hector as “the bad guy”. I have never read any selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey in the past, so perhaps my initial reaction was due to the fact that I did not pick up on some of the more gripping details. From the very beginning of the Iliad , Achilles tends to bring a lot of sympathy and attention toward himself. I, in turn felt empathetic toward Achilles because it seemed that he was having all of these things taken away from him, including the woman that he loved. However, wallowing in one’s sorrow is not an ingredient that results in a Homeric hero. Achilles has much to complain about and everyone to blame except for himself. Although, at times, I felt sympathy for him, Achilles lacks many of the qualities one
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course CAMS 25 taught by Professor Jasonbrooks during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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