The Hero Of A Hero Essay

1005 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
When thinking of a hero, perhaps the fictional Wonder Woman or Superman comes to mind. Comic book superheroes that are completely selfless and endowed with super strength or magical powers. Or perhaps suffrage movement leaders like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Martin Luther King come to mind. Or maybe even a local firefighter, police officer, or actor. In this day and age, a hero is someone that is admired for great courage, someone who is selfless, a fighter of an outstanding cause, the list goes on. But heroes are human, they can’t be perfect, they make mistakes, they change, just like the qualifications of being a hero change over time. In ancient Greece, a hero was typically a great glorified warrior, like Achilles and Hector in the Iliad. In the Iliad, Homer highlights the fact that heroes aren’t perfect beings, they are human like everyone else, and he does this by conveying some of their flaws.
Achilles is seemingly the ideal Greek hero, being the greatest Achaean warrior, but Homer characterizes him as selfish and arrogant. Already in Book One Homer has the reader questioning Achilles’ true motivation to fight. When Agamemnon takes away Achilles’ concubine, his rage drives him to temporarily stop fighting for the Achaeans, and he angrily claims that “a yearning for Achilles will strike/ Achea’s sons and all your (Agamemnon 's) armies,” (Homer, 85) This incident shows how selfish Achilles is, he is willing to lets hundreds of Achaean soldiers die because his pride was…

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