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Because of their commitment to the gods and man or lack there of Achilles and Hektors characterizations place them on opposite ends of the spectrum Achilles is someone who is enamored with petty human emotions while Hektor fulfills his commitment to the gods to the bitter end Achilles and Hektors actions easily substantiate their respective hubris and arte and personify how man should and should not attempt to live Their example is relevant for people as they go about their lives and gives insight into positive and negative human traits Hektor brings forth a characterization that all people should attempt to follow However Achilles makes himself out to be like a selfish child who experiences a temper tantrum when he does not succeed in his endeavors Being a horrendous example of what one would like to emulate Achilles characterization exemplifies selfishness whereas Hektors characterization the perfect example of noble living is something that people should strive to copy Achilles and Hektors notable difference is apparent in their respective commitment to the gods Hektor loyally accepts his fate when the gods betray him and also accepts the fact that his favor with gods diminishes prior to his death In saying his death must long since have been pleasing to Zeus Hektor realizes that it is the gods wish that he die Accepting the gods current decision Hektor is thankful for the gods previous support On the other hand Achilles chooses to honor the gods only when he has vengeance for his friend Patroklos Placing himself ahead of the gods is a prime example of the hubris Achilles embodies Achilles petty human concerns are first in his life and his tribute to the gods is an afterthought After killing Hektor he states Die and I will take my own death at whatever time Zeus and the other immortals choose to accomplish it displaying that once Achilles personal concerns are satisfied then the gods play
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