Analysis of Hector- "The Illiad"

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Belonging to the Trojans, Hector was a useful and skilled fighter in the war, and was said to be the strongest on the Trojan side. The mighty warrior believed in the fundamentals of war- killing for pride and stealing for satisfaction- and was a hungry fighter.

Hector's will to kill was not as great as that of Achilles, but he was similar to Achilles in his war outlook. Hector put more time into his wife Andromache and son Astyanax than Achilles did and was devoted to his family while balancing war as a priority as well. His brother, Paris, was committed to his wife but Hector was offended by anti-aggressive attitude. He never goes as far as to hurting Paris for his wrong choices, but vocally states his disapproving thoughts. Although Achilles is his ultimate fate, Hector inflicts chaos on the Achaean army while Achilles is absent from war.

He manages to set fire to the Achaean ship and eventually manages to kill Patroclus. Later, when Hector is face to face with Achilles and his overbearing rage, he realizes he has been abandoned by the gods but does not turn down a chance to prove his military duty. Refusing to back down in such a tragic situation makes him one of the bravest warriors in the Iliad.

Hectors funeral caused controversy because Achilles' rage and thirst for revenge clouded his decisions. Hector's poor family not only watched him die but also had to see his body suffer. Death was an important thing to the Trojans and it was morally destroying for Hector's family to see their son's body be mistreated. In the end, the body received proper burial and treatment because Paris begged Achilles to return the body. The Iliad ends with the funeral...