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What are the differences and similarities between Achilles and Hector?

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The similarities between Achilles and Hector is that both lived in the present moment and both wanted to achieve glory in order to be the hero that their homeland needed, while the differences include Achilles being stubborn and angry while Hector was prideful, yet cowardly and impulsive. Both Achilles and Hector were from "The Iliad," which is an epic story written by Homer.

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Achilles and Hector were both strong warriors, with Achilles the fiercest warrior for the Greeks and Hector the fiercest warrior for the Trojans. They also both were considered tragic heroes and had human flaws.

Achilles showcased his stubborn side when he saw that Agamemnon had dishonored him and said that he would not fight. Achilles continued to follow this pattern throughout the story and was full of vengeance. His rage is seen when he takes Hector's body and mutilates it. Achilles is also of divine blood with his mother, Thetis, a nymph, and he was helped in battle by the divine goddess Athena.

Hector was interested in other people and was a loving person who cared for his wife, children and brother. He was interested in glory on the battlefield, but was happy to act as a team player and listen to other soldier's thoughts. He was honorable and refused wine from his mother so that he would stay alert for his soldiers and his country.

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