Homer depicted quite a different outlook on courage and life than Aristotle did. They differed a significant amount when talking about courage and what makes a person have that certain quality. This challenged my belief of what a courageous person must act like.
Throughout the reading, Homer expressed several aspects of a brave and courageous person. Homer believed that one had to do things strictly for honor and social esteem. Aristotle believed that one had to do things that aimed for what is noble and fine. This does not appear to be the case for Homer as going for personal honor does not always mean they are going for the noblest of goals. One might go for personal glory and victory rather than protecting their community. This along with the preservation of a community is put at risk when the ideal person in Homer’s vision goes for what they believe depicts courage accurately. Homer makes the hero in his stories look or create instances to prove their fearlessness to others where it does not have to be. Aristotle would argue that this is just recklessness and not truly courage.
This claim by Homer was one that I have a hard time understanding. In his times this may have made sense to prove oneself worthy of honor, however in modern times this is seen as rash decision making. Even Aristotle can agree that Homer’s viewpoint is not completely accurate as he believes in a mean. In utilizing this claim, Homer is able to justify his heroes’ actions, but it seems to have a primary fault to it.