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Analysis over The Iliad

Grant, Michael. “The Iliad and the Heroic Ideal.” Readings on Homer. Ed. Don Nardo. Greenhaven Press Inc, 1998.
Many scholars believe that one of the most important aspects the epic poem, the Iliad has on the human race is the concept of the heroic ideal. In this critical essay the author’s view of an ideal hero is a person who struggles relentlessly against the workings of fate, even if the character must rise above fragile and vulgar aspects of human nature. The main character in this epic poem, Achilles, is the only character who is really shown to exhibit this heroic image. Even though his journey is full of ignorance, sorrow, and vengeance he is the onlycharacter to possess such depth.
The author’s specific focus about the Iliad is that this heroic image is displayed when the hero uses his superior qualities at all times in order to succeed and gain recognition, for these two are rewards of his manhood. The author Michael Grant, makes it clear that the character’s goal is honour and glory is the driving force. As oneGreek theologian put it: heroes were
half-way between the Gods and mortals. They were more powerful than a human but less than a God. The essay focuses particularly on the characters’ struggle. In order for the character to rise above his own nature he mustfirst fall into what seems to be an endless decline. When reading the Iliad , one might find that many people today such as athletes, celebrities, or models try to portray this heroic image but as the author explains, “Epic heroes carry us with them in their struggles and sufferings; they are not as we are, yet we follow after them. And so when they suffer or exult, so do we…” (92).
While reading this essay, the reader will find several different things that may interest them. For example when the author chooses to talk about Homer’s love for war. What interests me was the author’s choice of words

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