Homeric heroism in ‘Iliad’
A hero is understood by many to be a legendary or renowned stature of a person that commonly set apart from the rest. A hero is mostly identified with distinguished strength and capabilities that are rather unearthly. A good example of a true hero is relayed in the Iliad by Achilles a noble man and a warrior r coming from the Achaeans army. He held supernatural strength and was in good relations with his gods. . He possesses characters of a great warrior. He was undeniably the mightiest man in the Achaean army.
However, his innate character fault relentlessly impeded his ability to operate with nobleness and honesty. He failed to control his pride or the temper that seemed to boil when his pride was offended. Achilles was driven by his eagerness to be glorified. Somehow, he desired to live a simple life, but he acknowledges that his fate would not allow him to. In the end, he is sacrifices everything and in return his name is remembered widely. In the story, it is noted that the victory of the Achaean community is dependent on him.
Though he was reluctant at the beginning due to his personal differences, he finally accepts to go to the battlefield. Following a conviction that he might die in the battle, he agrees to allow his friend Patroclus taking is place in the battle. Unfortunately Patroclus killed by Hector in the battle. This angers Achilles enormously and he finally agrees to join the battle. In rage and thirst for vengeance he slashes all the soldiers from the opposition getting in his way He confronts hector who in then tries to run and the two find themselves in a cat-rat situation Achilles pursues him challenges him and kills him. He then drags his body across battlefield from the back of his chariot.