fellowship, they trade armor. Much of the boasting in battle is a type of bravado. He discovers his brother at home with Helen and her handmaidens, and he sternly rebukes him for his irresponsibility. Hector prays to Zeus for his son: "May he be like me, first in glory among the Trojans.". The two principal episodes of this book take a respite from the brutal fighting and allow us to reflect upon the values of the characters. Chimaera a monster with a lion's head, a snake's tail, and a goat's body, killed by Bellerophon. Hector can bear death even the deaths of all of his family easier than he can bear the thought of his wife as a slave to his enemies.
The end of Book VI is the famous scene between Hector and Andromache and their infant son, Astyanax. Most commentators consider this scene to be the most moving in the, iliad. It is a portrait of the warrior at home, war forgotten as he watches his son play and talks with his wife. Hector and Andromache, by Steven Pressfield 10 Comments War Stories Here is one of the most poignant and tragic scenes (at least in its outcome, foretold but unstated here) in all of epic poetry. Hector and, andromache essays After examining the encounter between Hector and, andromache, I gained a better understanding of the relations between men and women in Homeric Greece.
After Hector leaves Andromache, Mueller points out he takes on a false role. Most commentators consider this scene to be the most moving in the. Discuss Il 06-Hector at Home, it is similarly fascinating that the other father-son pair, Hector and Priam, are never shown together in the entire Iliad. Hector reveals his worst fears to Andromache and the main reason he continues to go out and fight. She feels safe in Hector's presence. . Hektor agrees to the wisdom of this plan, and while he goes back to Troy, there is a short lull in the fighting. Andromache, in a most emotional scene, begs Hector not to leave her a widow and her son an orphan. She is also comfortable enough with Hector to speak her mind rather than be submissive. . Dear husband, said she, your valour will bring you to destruction; think on your infant son, and on my hapless self who ere long shall be your widowfor the Achaeans will set upon you in a body and kill you. In contrast, Glaucus and Diomedes, two enemies, Glaucus from the Trojans and Diomedes from the Achaeans, in a most unusual encounter not seen up to this point, meet in battle (138 ff). Hecuba, Hector's mother, offers him wine, which he refuses. Hektor and Achilles are worthy counterparts with different values in most respects, but ultimately alike in their deepest motivations.
How would you characterize their values? Glossary, bellerophon hero from Corinth who killed the Chimaera. "Hector and Andromache.". Why do you think Homer shows Hector expressing the warrior's heroic code at this point, and why does he also depict Andromache and son Astyanax expressing sorrow and horror? Home, family, peace all mean everything to Hektor, yet he will return to the battle, knowing he will be killed, because honor demands. But Homer goes on to show even greater humanity in wartime.