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Dont offer me mellow wine mother not now-youd sap my limbs Id lose my nerve for war VI 179-180 Like all the other men of their time and culture both Hector and Achilles knew that their most important duty was to fight wars In the Iliad by Homer war was of the utmost importance and the Greeks felt that dying in battle was the noblest way to die Outside of war men made their own decisions as to what else would be important in their lives Hector valued his family was able to control his emotions and respected the gods Achilles was almost the exact opposite Dont ask me to sit beside you here Helen Love me as you do you cant persuade me now VI 294-295 By turning down Helens pass Hector showed his loyalty to his wife and family In a culture where having a sexual relationship was more natural and accepted than having a relationship based on love and respect Hector showed how strong he was by rejecting the most beautiful woman in the world So all can reap the benefits of their kings-so even mighty Atride can see how mad he was to disgrace Achilles the best of the Acheans I 488-490 As Achilles tells his mother what he wants he showed what he truly valued outside of war himself It was not about what would be best for his mother or for anyone else it was about Achilles and his wanting revenge Throughout the epic Achilles allows his emotions to persuade his decisions No more now-back I got to Phthia Better that way by far to journey home in the beaked ships of war I have no mind to linger here disgraced brimming your cup and piling up your plunder I 198-202 Achilles anger caused him to withdrawal his troops Achilles pride and pettiness made him make rash decisions Hector tended to handle his anger in
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