Hector And Achilles In The Iliad

1014 words, 5 pages

Intro Sample...


Throughout the Iliad, warriors demonstrate their human agency in combat and force. They are only to prone think of their main goal, which is to defend their city to establish kleos. Hector’s character is one of the many who wrestle with the causes and consequences of their actions. Contrary to the other characters, Hector is confined to a small scope of agency in the fact that he is bound by the wishes of the people of Troy. Despite his wife’s plea for him stay, Hector only wants glory for his father and himself, and acknowledges that he, the figurehead of Troy, is meant for war. On the other end of the spectrum, there is Achilles, who elicits more free agency.
Andromache, Hector’s wife, begs him to not go to war. Choosing his... View More »

Body Sample...



Despite the chance of agency, the chance to continue providing his father with a father, Hector is not swayed from his heroic duties. He acknowledges this fact by stating, ”I’ve learned it all too well…winning my father great glory, glory for myself” (book 6, lines 527-529). Hector’s beliefs are dominated by kleos, or glory. Kleos is often earned through not only heroic feats on the battlefield, but through death and sacrifice as well. The Trojan warrior recognizes this and knows he must go to battle. The people of Troy also expect the great warrior to go into battle and earn glory for them. Therefore, they deprive him of his agency their wants and expectations. He must present himself as the face of the Trojan army. His bravery and dedication to the city earns Hector the respect of the council. Through the excessive need for kleos, Hector assumes the loss of agency.
In Hector’s last speech to Andromache, he admits not having any agency. The Trojan expresses his importance in the army. He tells his wife, “As for the fighting, men will see to that, all who were born in Troy but I most of all” (book 6, lines 586-588). He is the Trojan meant for war. Hector knows he is a slave to the system. His actions are confined to the needs of Homeric society. It is ironic how Achilles has no family and would be the perfect warrior to be consumed by kleos and the restrictions on agency, but he prefers to stay in his tent and not fight. And Hector who has a loving family, feels the obligation to take on the hero responsibility. He knows he is the most important warrior in the ...

Read More

Related Essays on Hector and Achilles in the Iliad

  • Coca Cola Marketing Mix

    9843 words, 40 pages

    Introduction The company under investigation in this study is Tim Hortons, a coffee and fresh-baked goods quick-service restaurant, originating from Canada. As of January 2006, (Annual Report 2005, P.1) Tim Hortons operated 2,597, mostly franchised, stores in Canada and 288 in the US. Tim Hortons boasts a 76% market share in the Canadian coffee and fresh-baked goods sector (Shareholder’s Report 2005, P.6) and “based on sales dollars, Tim Hortons is now almost 25% larger than its closest QSR (quick-service restaurant) competitor in Canada.” (Ibid) Since 1995, Tim Hortons has been owned by th

    View Document »

    Foreign Investments In Central Asia: Past, Present, And Future

    7354 words, 30 pages

    GEO55 Introduction Since their independence in 1991 Central Asian states have each struggled to keep up with the innovations and economies of the modern world. Much of the development in each country is contingent upon the ability for countries to gain foreign investment to build infrastructure and economies. In this paper I will analyze the state of Central Asian economies as they pertain to the natural resources, infrastructure, human resources, and government in each respective state. Each of these four categories helps define the current state and the future of foreign investment i

    View Document »

    Consumer Behaviour And High Involvement Products

    8603 words, 35 pages

    The main aim of this report is to look at consumer behaviour in relation to a high involvement product. As an example, consumers purchasing behaviour towards buying a computer shall be looked at in more detail. Within the report a more specific example is used when comparing consumers’ attitudes towards Windows operating systems and Apple Macintosh operating systems and what would drive them to purchase either of the two. The report investigates the computer operations market as a whole but concentrates on the computer markets two main players; Windows and Apple. Apple currently holds 3.2% of

    View Document »

    Sowt Analysis

    7298 words, 30 pages

    Strategic MT Study Sheets Chapter 1 A strategy consists of competitive moves and business approaches used by managers to run the company. It is their action plan to grow the business, attract and please customers, compete successfully, conduct operations and to achieve target levels of organizational performance. It needs to appeal to customers and to help the company carve out its own market position. It uses efficiency and effectiveness to guide a company using as few resources as possible. It deals with initiatives. Strategic management is setting a company’s strategy to differe

    View Document »

    A Geisha’s Struggle For Happiness

    4868 words, 20 pages

    A Geisha’s Struggle For Happiness “We human beings are only a part of something very much larger. When we walk along, we may crush a beetle or simply cause a change in the air so that a fly ends up where it might never have gone otherwise. And if we think of the same example but with ourselves in the role of the insect, and the larger universe in the role we’ve just played, it’s perfectly clear that we’re affected every day by forces over which we have no more control than the poor beetle has over our gigantic foot as it descends upon it. What are we to do? We must use whatever method

    View Document »

    Christian Ethics In A Postmodern World

    7459 words, 30 pages

    CHRISTIAN ETHICS IN A POSTMODERN WORLD The Rise of Postmodernity Since Federico de Onis’s use of the term ‘postmodernismo’ to describe the Spanish and Latin-American poetry of 1905-1914 which had reacted against the ‘excess’ of modernism in 1934, (Rose 1991: 171) “Postmodernism” became very popular. It has been used in the fields of art (Christo-Bakargiev 1987), architecture (Pevsner 1967), literature (Hassan 1971), video, economics, films (James 1991), ideology (Larrain 1994: 90-118), theology (Tilley at al 1995), and philosophy (Griffin et al 1993). In trying to understand ‘postmode

    View Document »

    Gender In Us Islamic And Orthodox Jewish Sacred Spaces

    6514 words, 27 pages

    ASMST 150 Introduction Across the globe there are millions of mosques and synagogues that serve as sacred sites for Muslims and Jews respectively. Each sacred site serves different purposes, including refuge for those less fortunate, a community center for the ethnic, a place of religious thought, a place of worship and prayer, and a place to share and rejoice with one another. The list goes on and on, but the underlying theme of all sacred sites is that they are to be a place of pilgrimage on the local, national, and global level. But pilgrimage for whom? There

    View Document »

    Buddhist Economics: Dethroning Capitalism

    5028 words, 21 pages

    EALC120 Buddhist Studies C120 Introduction Economics are principles that surround the entire world. They are principles that people in all industries, fields, and income levels are effected by. They play an important role in how many individuals live and how different countries’ governments operate. Mainstream economics in its entirety is now seen as something very controversial because of the widespread environmental devastation and socioeconomic disparity globally. Many argue that mainstream economics are a tool of the wealthy and the politically powerful, and that

    View Document »

    Using Neural Networks To Forecast Stock Markets

    7649 words, 31 pages

    Using Neural Networks to Forecast Stock Market Prices Abstract This paper is a survey on the application of neural networks in forecasting stock market prices. With their ability to discover patterns in nonlinear and chaotic systems, neural networks offer the ability to predict market directions more accurately than current techniques. Common market analysis techniques such as technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and regression are discussed and compared with neural network performance. Also, the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) is presented and contrasted with chaos theory and

    View Document »

    Asian Americans In The Workplace

    7576 words, 31 pages

    Asian Americans in the Workplace An In-Depth Analysis of Korean Americans 11/19/2007 ? Table of Contents Introduction 3 History of Korean Immigration to the United States 4 Values and Customs 10 Demographical Profile 16 The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’: Barriers in the Workplace 22 A Personal Interview: A Different Side to the Story 26 Conclusion 27 References 28 Introduction The term “Asian American” has a rich history in the United States. It refers to a person of Asian ancestry who also obtains American citizenship. The term was originally used by the Census Bureau to clari

    View Document »

More Popular Essays

Research help is just moments away!