scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,638
The Iliad by Homer is an epic poem that has several heroes Heroism is the most important aspect of the characters lives giving definition to their actions and their raison dtre A hero is always of noble birth strong intelligent and a great leader Another way the reader can differentiate a hero from a mere mortal is by the help that he receives from the gods The gods intervene on the side of a hero and give him whatever aid is necessary to achieve victory One may believe that there is only one hero in the Iliad Achilles However Hector is the true hero By examining Hector Odysseus Diomedes and Nestor one can see that these characters surpass all others A hero is usually of noble birth with one parent being of divine descent However Hector is an exception to this rule It is believed that Hector is the 1st born son of King Priam and Queen Hecabe of Troy Since Priam is a descendant of Zeus this divine lineage is passed down to all his sons Therefore Prince Hector is considered to be of divine decent which allows him to be regarded as a hero In Hectors speech about his son Astynax the reader gains invaluable insight into what it means to be a hero Zeus and you other gods grant that this boy of mine may be like me pre-eminent in Troy as strong and brave as I a mighty king of Ilium May people say when he comes back from battle Here is a better man than his father Let him bring home the bloodstained armour of the enemy he has killed and make his mother happy To Hector the ideals of strength intelligence and being magnanimous are important It is important for a hero to display his strength and prowess and thus kill many in battle One can see the truth to this statement
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA