Essay Analysis Of Xxii Of Homer 's The World

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A recurring theme that can be seen throughout Book XXII of Homer’s The Illiad is the blatant portrayal of the Greek hero Achilles as the superior force in the conflict. His opponent, the Trojan hero Hector, acknowledges this fact throughout the piece. Hector’s parents too recognize this fact, as they beg him not to fight Achilles for they believe he will lose his life in the conflict. Achilles, who is as smug as he is powerful, consistently displays confidence in his abilities and disdain for Hector as an opponent. Even the Olympian Gods, who observe the Trojan War as it unfolds, at one point observe that though Hector is a man beloved by heaven, he is being foolishly chased by a stronger warrior and his death was preordained. The most significant of these examples is that of Hector himself. He is presented as the main protagonist in this piece, as it mostly follows his thoughts, actions, and relatives. He is the powerful Trojan hero that many admire, yet he hints numerous times that he expects to die in battle against Achilles. The first time he displayed fear of Achilles was when he reconsidered his decision to leave the city and face his foe. He considered returning to the relative safety of Troy, and was dissuaded only by the fact that he would be reproached if he did such a thing. This shows that he knew he was up against a formidable opponent who even he may not survive a battle with, and thus he considered other, less honorable options that might save his life.…

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