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Heros and Their Human Traits Who is the noblest hero The man who conquers his senses a quote from Bhartrihara Heros is what is seen throughout ancient epics Heros are to many seen like gods Many heros are two parts god or have a father who is a god Although there is god in their blood they are still human Throughout the epics The Iliad The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bhagavad-Gita the epic heros contain a characteristic that makes them more human Achilles the hero of The Iliad is flawed with too much pride During the scene where Achilles has now finally captured Hector Hector had slain one of Achilless close friends Achilles had struck hector in the throat with his sword Achilles was careful not to cut his windpipe so he could talk back Hector pleaded and begged Achilles to give him a proper burial but Achilles did nothing but laugh in his face Beg me no beggary by soul or parents whining dog Achilles then takes Hectors naked body and drags it over his friends grave Achilless pride almost overtook his other traits and this flaw demonstrates the fact that Achilles was still human The hero from the Bhagavad-Gita Arjuna did not posses such super-human strength as Achilles did but is still classified as a hero Arjuna was stuck with the choice of fighting ones in which he respected What he wanted was to not fight how can I fight against Bhishma and Drona with arrows when they deserve my worship Krishna Arjunas charioteer who is really a god tries to convince Arjuna to fight Arjuna tells Krishna that he will not fight By doing this it shows that although he is a hero he still contains his human feelings of compassion toward others On the other hand in The Epic of Gilamesh Gilgameshs characteristic is almost like a flaw Gilgamesh is very arrogant and continually overstepped his
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