Achilles As A Hero In Homer's The Iliad

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“If Hero means sincere man, why may not every one of us be a Hero?” (Hoyt, 1922). As it obvious from the mentioned quotation, sincerity is not the only prerequisite for a hero. Rather a hero in any piece of literature is its cornerstone. The storyline in any literature begins, further develops, and finally reaches an end through the action of the hero. It is the hero, whose actions influence other characters creating an aesthetic vive in the literary piece. Likewise, in Homer’s the Iliad there are many characters that deserve praise and attention of the reader. But it is Achilles whose extreme sense of self-respect, unparalleled wrath, arrogance, loyalty and desire for greatness dignify him and establish him as the hero of this epic poem. …show more content…
Achilles’ arrogance makes him a suitable hero in this epic poem as the idea of pride was something of extreme importance in Greek literature. Through Achilles’ pride which ultimately leads to his refusal to fight for Agamemnon anymore, the importance of pride is proven. Often, pride is depicted as a destructive force (Shmoop Editorial Team, 2008). The best example of destructive pride is Achilles’ unparalleled pride which caused his conflict with Agamemnon resulting in his leave from the battlefield. But the story does not end here. It continues until Achilles’ best friend dies in the hand of Hector. At the beginning, Achilles proves himself as an unbeatable warrior at Trojan War. (Williams, 1979). But his excessive pride, also known as Hubris, does not only cost him his friend’s life, but also his own life at the end (Merriam-Webster, 2017). At the same time, it worth to be mentioned that Achilles’ arrogance made him Achilles and gave him the courage to speak out against the injustice that was being done to him and his fellow soldiers by the commander in chief …show more content…
This desire makes him take a tough decision. Long Life or Glory; from which he had to choose one and he chooses glory instead of a long life which is a true heroic action. Not everyone who can swing swords can become another Achilles because skill of Achilles may be acquirable by practice but the passion, desire and sheer will of Achilles cannot be acquired. For the glory’s sake he agrees to embrace death because he knows that his physical immortality may come to an end one day but the immortal tale of the greatness of Achilles will make surpass the barrier of time and make him immortal in a true

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