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Hector in The Iliad
Hector is a strong and compassionate Trojan warrior and the beloved son of King Priam. In fact, Priam loves him so much more than his other children that he says, ''I wish all you had been killed.'' Hector fights valiantly in the last years of the Trojan War, which the poem describes. From the very beginning of Homer's The Iliad, Hector is painted as a dutiful son and husband who proudly protects his homeland, but as the poem moves forward, a dark and not so worthy trait surfaces: Hector's pride. Ultimately, it is Hector's pride and need to look almighty in front of his people that kills him. But no matter the circumstances, Hector is a good man, and he is worth talking about! In this lesson, we will look at both sides of Hector by reading quotes from the poem.
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Hector and His Family
Hector is the ultimate family man in The Iliad. He deeply loves his wife Andromache and his young son. In fact, he loves his son so much that he wishes for him to be greater than himself. He says, ''Zeus, all you immortals! Grant this boy, my son, may be like me, first in glory among the Trojans, strong and brave like me, and rule all Troy in power and one day let them say, 'He is a better man than his father!''' Hector wants the best for his son.
Hector loves his family, but he isn't very happy with his brother Paris' actions. Paris bringing Helen to Troy is what spurred the entire war, and yet he doesn't fight in the battle. Hector and his family could have given back Helen, and even sacrificed Paris' life, but instead, they fight for him.
But Hector doesn't let Paris' action go unnoticed. Hector says, ''Paris, you handsome, woman-mad deceiver, you shouldn't have been born, or killed unmarried. I wish you had — it would have been far better.'' Hector wishes he had been killed or never born because he brings such shame onto the family. Hector hates what his brother has done, but that doesn't stop him from protecting his people.
The Pride of Hector
Hector's pride is what makes Hector a great Trojan warrior, but it's also what blinds him from making smart decisions. During the war, Poulydamas warns Hector about staying and fighting when he knows they are at a disadvantage and Hector doesn't listen. He realizes his poor choice when Achilles is coming in behind him as the army heads toward the fortress. He says, ''I would not obey him, but that would have been far better. Now, since by my own recklessness I have ruined my people, I feel shame before the Trojans and the Trojan women.''
Hector sees that his pride and desire to be strong have put his people in a terrible position. Moreover, he knows that he must stay outside of the walls to fight Achilles because he doesn't want to hear Poulydamas point out that his pride got the better of him. His pride jeopardizes his people, so he chooses to stay outside of the walls to battle Achilles alone. Hector knows that Achilles is his greatest enemy and that he must be the one to try and defeat him. Hectors says that he ''will not run from him out of the sorrowful battle'' even if it means that he will die. Sadly, he does.
Respecting the Enemy
Hector constantly shows how a warrior should behave. For example, when he is fighting against the Achaeans, he demonstrates that, even though they are his enemy, they are worthy of the same honor that his men deserve. He says, ''Come then, let us give each other glorious presents, so that any of the Achaeans or Trojans may say of us: 'These two fought each other in heart-consuming hate, then joined with each other in close friendship, before they were parted.''' Ultimately, he understands that war is gruesome and that there are always two sides to the fight even if those men do not really wish to hurt each other.
Hector is the Trojan warrior in Homer's The Iliad, an epic poem that recounts the final years of the Trojan War. Hector is brave, prideful, and he loves his family. Unfortunately, it is his pride that gets him into trouble, and he is killed by Achilles. Although his pride is his downfall, it does help take his men into battle. Hector also believes that protecting his family and his people is his number one priority. He protects the city of Troy after his cowardly brother Paris brings Helen to Troy.
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Hector Quotations from The Iliad
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