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Hector: The Epic Hero

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Allison Hansen

on 12 February 2015

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Transcript of Hector: The Epic Hero

Hector proclaims, "But I would die of shame to face the men of Troy and the Trojan women trailing their long robes. If I would shrink from battle now, a coward." (Book 6).

Hector replies, "Don't ask me to sit beside you here, Helen. Love me as you do, you can't persuade me now. No time for rest. My heart races to help our Trojans...." (Book 6).

An epic hero is a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events (Dictionary.com).
Why NOT Achilles?
Although Achilles is a strong warrior, his vein character constantly refrain his ability to act with nobility and integrity.

Why Hector?
He must maintain the “heroic balance” which requires a hero to insist upon his greatness and maintain a proper modesty before the gods (Document 1)

His position as a hero depended upon his understanding of his place in society and performing in accordance with society’s expectations (Document 1)

He must know himself and be able to act and comprehend a situation (Document 1)

Why Hector?
Why Hector?
Hector exclaims, "So now, better by far for me to stand up to Achilles, kill him, come home alive or die in his hands in glory out before the walls." (Book 22)
Achilles begs his mother Thetis, "Remind him of that, now, go and sit besides him, grasp his knees... persuade him, somehow, to help the Trojan cause, to pin the Achaeans back against their ships, trap them round the bay and mow them down" (Book 1)
Achilles' constant dependence on his mother to work out deals with the gods is immature. While one may argue he is honoring the heroic code by begging at the gods feet and noticing his position in rank, he is defying the Achaean army.
Hector's loyalty to Troy and his fierceness in war is clearly shown.
Hector's devotion to his wife and family as well as his concentration on defeating Greece in the war is quoted above.
This quote shows Hector's complete devotion to Troy and strive to take down the enemy, even if his death is near.
The Iliad
, Hector shows modesty when in an acquaintance with the gods.
Unlike his brother Paris, Hector never backs down from a challenge in battle. Hector always fights for his family and for the safety of Troy.
After Paris brings Helen to Troy and war is sparked, Hector is on the front lines fighting for Troy
In Conclusion
Hector portrays a heroic persona throughout
The Iliad
through his devout nature and overall noble character. While he is not victorious in the end, as a whole, Hector is the epic hero of
The Iliad
Why Hector?
Goes into war for self glory and to avenge Patroclus' death
Has barbaric means of fighting
His main initiative to rejoin the war is to kill Patroclus' murderer, Hector
Fights on the front line to win his father's great glory
Retains humane attributes even while fighting
Struggles with the idea of leaving his army
War Perspectives
In the epic poem
The Iliad
, a debate exists over whether Hector or Achilles is the epic hero. While both Hector and Achilles have qualities of epic heroes, Hector is the true epic hero of
The Iliad
To Begin
By Laryssa, Allison, Sara & Katie
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