Pride In The Iliad

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Unlike cultures based on religion like Christianity which require humility in the face of God, the Greek culture does not require humility and even allows for a certain degree of hubris ( In The Iliad, Homer demonstrates the ironic consequences that the Greek culture elicits through allowing charactersto obtain hubris. Although the characters in The Iliad accept the power of the gods, they do not reject their own power in the face of the will of the gods. Such overestimation of their strength leads the characters to act like gods which in turn leads them to make decisions based on pride. After realizing the faults in many of the characters’ actions, Achilles wishes that “…strife could die from the lives of gods and men and anger that drives the sanest man of flare in outrage- bitter gall, sweeter than dripping streams of honey.” As Achilles is becoming aware of the destructive side-effects of emotion-based decisions, Achilles expresses the hunger for self-righteousness that both men and…show more content…
Such timing of the analysis from Achilles is ironic as the analysis could have saved the life of his friend Patroclus earlier. Hector radiates a distorted essence when Polydamas’ plan of action outrages Hector as it lacks action. Hector, being fueled with anger and personal desire to target Achilles, wants to resume war Hector’s impulsive decision making based on a heated emotions and proud feelings leads to an ironic downfall, his own death rather than Achilles’ death. He places his emotions over his logic, which causes Hector to be blind to an obvious outcome. Hector manifests the essence of a god as he demands all the soldiers to obey him (Book 18, Line 342-360). In the moment, Hector believes in his own false invincibility and thus preaches his self-righteousness to the rest of the

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