Iliad, Aias, and Achilles: Contrast of Antilochus and Hector

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Essay #: 072563
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Iliad, Aias, and Achilles: Contrast of Antilochus and Hector
In Book Fifteen of The Iliad, when
Aias
rallies the Greeks around the ships as Hector, with the help of Zeus, urges the Trojans to burn the Greek ships, both
Aias
and Hector raise the issue of courage. This issue, most often discussed in the context of warriors who stand and fight versus those that run in fear, occurs throughout The Iliad.
When
Aias
urges his fellow Greeks to, “…respect yourselves as men…Those who run have neither fighting power nor any
honour
…”, he speaks to the issue of courage and of staying committed to the battle. This is seen in conflicts such as this, but is also part of the larger narrative. The Greeks are tired of this long battle...
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.....out The Iliad.) Just as Achilles can act out his god-assigned fate and in turn affect the fate of the war and the other humans involved, the gods are playing an active role in what happens during the Trojan War. They look for opportunities to help the side they favor, and to intercede on the behalf of their children.
These themes of Achilles and his fate, Achilles as the destroyer of Troy, and of the gods taking an active role in determining the lives of humans are all touched upon in this section from Book Twenty-one. These themes, especially the themes of the humans’ fate and the gods helping to decide fate, are included throughout The Iliad.
Works Cited
Homer, ., & Fitzgerald, R. (2004). The Iliad. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux