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Kang Kang, (Haira) Esther Achilleus versus Hektor Achilleus of Greece and Hektor of Troy were the greatest warriors in Homer’s Iliad , but even the best champions exposed human flaws which led to poor war strategies as skilled soldiers. Having their own strengths and weaknesses, the two mighty warriors contrast between their personalities, motivation, and leadership qualities which are evident throughout the epic. With the common goal of gaining glory, they fight until they reach their fated deaths and they are forever remembered by their people. Although Achilleus was going to die young because of his moira, or pre-destiny, he returned to fight when his friend, Patroklos was killed in the war. The news was so devastating to him that his reactions spoke for themselves, “In both hands he caught up the grimy dust, and poured it over his head and face…And he himself, mightily in his might, in the dust lay at length, and took and tore at his hair with his hands, and defiled it (375-376).” Achilleus’ physical appearance displayed his grief and sorrow. Readers are able to see Achilleus’ personality change from a prideful, strong warrior to a mournful, weak individual. His suffering led to his rash decision of rejoining the war which showed his weakness of losing a loved one. Even after his mother Thetis appeared to him and told him that if Hektor is killed, Achilleus himself would die soon because it is decreed that his death is after Hektor’s, he did not care. Achilleus’ human flaw of not being able to control his anger made his anger towards Agamemnon disappear as he puts aside his pride and reconciles with him, redirecting his anger toward Hektor, as he yearned for revenge of the person who killed Patroklos. This shows that Achilleus is emotionally unstable because he lets his emotions get to the best of him and he rushes to his own death.
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Kang Hektor believed that he was destined to die too by being killed in battle, but that did not stop him from retreating from the battlefield. Instead, he even scolds his brother for dishonoring himself, “The people are dying around the city and around the steep wall as they fight hard; and it is for you that this war with its clamour has flared up about our city (162).” By not directly stating “it is because of you” but instead reminds him “it is for you”. Even though Hektor knows that the war was Paris’ fault, he does not directly blame his brother for the cause. Hektor, with the intention of convincing Paris to fight, was able to make him agree that he was dishonoring himself and also make him agree to return to battle with him. This shows that Hektor has great
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2011 for the course CLASSICS 4 taught by Professor A during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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