Hector As A Hero In The Trojan War

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The Trojan War was being fought in the 13th or 12th BC which was a period of time known as the Bronze Age. In Greek Mythology, the war was fought against the city of Troy after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband who is the King of the Spartans. Many people fought wars to achieve and gain pride or themselves and their family. Although in Ancient Greece many were fearless and brave: in the Trojan War, Hector, a fierce Greek warrior, portrays the most hero-like qualities, in the epic poem, the Iliad, by stepping up and leaving his family for the sake of his city, Troy, knowing that there was no chance of survival and being able to return to his family. In a famous article, Man in the Water, a heroic man single-handedly gave up his life …show more content…
He justifies his leave for the war to Andromache, his wife, by saying that “...no one escapes his fate, not the coward, nor the brave man, from the moment of his birth” (Homer 50). After Andromache tries to persuade him not to leave her and his son to go die a gruesome death on the battlefield, Hector argues that he will die in some other way eventually. Hector already knows that the God’s have planned his future, so whatever he does he will not be able to avoid death. He has the mindset that he is going to die anyway, if not in the war then in a more shameful way. It all comes down to death, so might as well fight and protect your country with pride, rather than die a shameful death. Even though Hector is seen as a hero he is still human, and all humans make mistakes. He illustrates a sign of weakness and lowers his title of being seen as a hero when “ [Hector’s] courage gone, he could no longer stand there. Terrified, he started running, leaving the gate” (Homer 143). A major flaw is shown in his personality when he gets scared of facing Achilles and instead runs away. Hector is classified as pathetic when he backs down from the fight. Lowering his status he redeems himself expressing that “I lacked the courage then to fight with you...But my heart prompts me now to stand against you face to face once more, whether I kill you, or you kill me” (Homer 146). As

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