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Hector vs Achilles In The Iliad many of the male characters display heroic characteristics consistent with the heroic warrior code of ancient Greece They try to win glory in battle yet are often characterized as having a distinctly human side They each have certain strengths and weaknesses which are evident at many times throughout the conflicts described in The Iliad Prime examples of such characters are Achilles and Hector These two characters have obvious differences in their approaches to fitting the heroic mold to which they both try to conform However despite their differences and the fact that they are fighting for opposing armies and meet each other with hatred in battle they also have numerous similar traits that logically lend themselves to a comparison between the two men They both display behavior that could be described as heroism The first way in which Achilles who fights for the Greeks and Hector who fights for the Trojans act differently is how they approach war and the inevitable violence and death that accompany it Although Achilles knows that he is fated to be killed in battle when his faithful and devoted friend Patroclus is mercilessly and dishonorably cut down in combat he puts aside his pride and chooses to temporarily forget about his previous feuds with Agamemnon that have up until now prevented him from participating in the war He joins the fighting with a deadly and vengeful mindset that will likely play a major factor in the outcome of the war Today this lust for revenge might be considered a glaring character flaw However this passion for retribution undoubtedly conforms to the heroic code of Greek society Meanwhile Hector is full of indecision and reluctance about whether to take part in the war He too believes that fate has dictated that he will be killed in battle He spends much time with his pleading wife Andromache who begs him not to go to
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