Glory In The Iliad

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Akhaians and Trojans died in the midst of war seeking for glory and not for Helen. These men believe that their brave act will make them renowned throughout the lands for generations not knowing that taking part in the war will only lead them to their own demise and lamentation of their family, women and friends. Many of the Akhaian and Trojan soldiers fought for glory for themselves. These soldiers cared so much about glory and honor because they know the bitterness of life, they know that they will all die sooner or later and only through risking and giving up their comfortable lives with the people they cared about the most will give them satisfaction and contempt after they have died and entered the Underworld. I realized that The Iliad …show more content…
This can be seen in book six where Hektor talks with his wife Andromakhe at the Skaian Gates before returning to war with his brother Paris. “Lay, these many things beset my mind no less than yours. But I should die of shame before our Trojan men and noblemen if like a coward I avoided battle, nor am I moved to. Long ago I learned how to be brave how to go forward always and to contend for honor, Father’s and mine.” (Lines 513-519) Hektor knows that if he returns to war there might be no chance of him reuniting with his wife Andromakhe and his son Hektorites. Nevertheless, Hektor chooses to take part in the war because he wants to achieve glory for himself and his father …show more content…
For example, in book six Hektor scolds his brother Paris for fleeing battle and resting in his chambers with Helen. “Unquiet soul, why be aggrieved in private? Out troops are dying out there where they fight around our city, under our high walls. The hue and cry of war, because of you, comes in like surf upon this town. You’d be at odds with any other man you might see quitting your accursed war. Up; into action, before torches thrown make the town flare!” (Lines 378-386) Hektor is annoyed of his brother and shames him for quitting a war he caused while all their men are dying in

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