How are Hector and Achilles alike and different in Homer's Iliad.

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The differences between Hector and Achilles derive from their respective origins. Achilles is half god, half king, son of Thetis the sea nymph and King Peleus. This helps to explain why there's a lot of pride in his character. But it's overweening pride, pride that makes him do unspeakable things like sulk in his tent while his comrades are being slaughtered in battle. And for what? Because Agamemnon deprived him of his sex slave. Achilles's pride is also bound up with the foulest of tempers. The slightest little thing is enough to set him off, making him let fly with choice insults at anyone who dares to impugn his honor.

Hector's different. But then, unlike Achilles, he's a mere mortal, albeit one who can perform extraordinary feats of valor on the battlefield. Like Achilles, he's of noble birth but has a greater sense of patriotism. When he fights it's for the honor of his father's kingdom. Achilles, on the other hand, fights for his own glory, his own sense of injured pride. At the...

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