Hector: The True Hero In Homer's The Iliad
“Better to lock up in mortal combat / As soon as possible and see to whom / God on Olympus grants the victory” (XXII, 146-148).
Knowing that Achilles is the finest Greek fighter and holds no mercy for his …show more content…
Hector voices his sole purpose to protect his people at all costs when speaking with Andromache and explaining that
“[his] shame before the Trojans and their wives, /With their long robes trailing, would be too terrible/ If I hung back from the battle like a coward” (VI, 464-466).
He cannot stand the view of his people in chains, which is why he fights so arduously against the Greeks. He perseveres throughout the war, although he knows his people are doomed. After hearing Andromache’s plea to stay within Troy, Hector demonstrates his utter and complete dedication to his family and