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, Gabriel B.Comments Off
There are certainly many similarities between all of the listed heroes, but at the core of these characters there are very striking differences, not only in terms of their overall demeanor, but in the motives and forces that compel them to fight and act as they do. While all of the characters strive towards glory and honor, Hector at least partially acts on behalf of his beloved Troy, while Achilles seems to be driven by glory in itself. In other words, Hector gains glory by fighting for Troy , Achilles gains glory for glory’s sake.
The safety of the Trojans is undoubtedly a high priority for Hector, while Achilles, much to the dismay of the other Greek heroes, proves to be apathetic regarding the well-being of the Greek army. There is a stark difference in terms of loyalty and relationships, for it is not just the allure of glory that drives the other heroes, such as Odysseus or Hector, but a sense of adherance to their separate kingdoms, spouses, and the men by their sides in battle.
2. Andromache and Helen certainly appear more practical and perhaps more pragmatic than the other more lofty heroes of the Iliad. Helen at least recognizes that she is partially responsible for the situation that besets Troy, and can admit without chagrin that Paris does not have half as much brains as beauty. In terms of heroism in a Homeric sense, I find it hard to gauge the capabilities of these characters. Helen appears to be riddled with regrets and guilt, Andromache with fear and worry for her husband and city. These characters seem to bring the story back to earth, away from the loftiness and nearly god-like status of the warrior heroes and their pursuits of glory.