ACHILLES WAS NOT A HERO: 7 reasons why Brad Pitt’s portrayal in “Troy” is terribly wrong.

Achilles dragging Hector's body in front of gates of Troy

Achilles dragging Hector’s body in front of gates of Troy. Source: Wikimedia








Movie!Achilles was humanized

In contrast to the bloodthirsty and merciless character Homer presents in The Iliad, the Achilles portrayed by Brad Pitt in the 2004 film is humanized – he is relatable even to some extent. While he does do a lot of despicable things in the film, like murdering Hector and dishonoring his body, there are many moments in the film that make the spectator feel for the protagonist.

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  • Boris

    I think this article doesn’t really understand the concept of historiography. By the standards of his time achilles was a great hero, especially for all the reasons stated here. His tempur tantrums were seen as justified by the greeks of his time, parentage was pretty much the only way a person was considered a hero (everyone was descended from some randy god) and he hardly manipulated his mother, she basically fed his petty desire for glory. Hector was also only a good guy by modern standards

  • humphrey

    The point of this article was to show difference between Brad Pit and Achilles. There is no point in doing that, because Troy was not an adaptation of Iliad at all. Achilles in Troy is not protected by dipping in Styx river, for example, so he can not be compared with the Achilles from the Iliad. Unfortunately for the writer of this text, Achilles was indeed revered as an ultimate hero (next to Heracles) in ancient Greece. The whole idea of heroism and virtue was a bit different back in those times, than it is in modern Western Society.
    If you read through entire Ancient Greek mythology, you will not find a single character that is “super” (they all have flaws, even the gods). There is no “knight in shining armor”. Their bad habits and negative actions were blamed on fate and gods, which was one of the points in everyday ancient Greek life – you can not defy fate and gods.
    So Achilles and Heracles were actually revered because they managed to overcome all the difficulties in their lives. We should never compare them to our “standards” of heroes, which have nothing to do with reality, unlike the ancient Greek heroes, who were flawed.

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