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Character Analysis Of Troy Hector

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Picture Atlas, who is portrayed as being forced to bear the weight of the world on his shoulders. This constant pressure of his grim duty can only be supported because of his titanic immortal strength. Now imagine the combined weight of two worlds, but this time held by a mortal. Can you see both trembling forearms of ropey muscle struggling to keep them in balance? The only question is not will he break, but when. This tragic picture is similar to that of Hector, who was portrayed as the great Trojan hero in Homer 's “The Iliad”. Besides a hero he is many things to many people. Every duty holds a great weight to it. Among them he is a great warrior, beloved son, loving father and passionate husband. Although that may sound normal or manageable…show more content…
Though, in the end he is unable to find it and is torn apart by his contrasting roles. Hector is split between his life as a warrior and his responsibility as a husband, father and of a son. Every duty is an important one so the possibility of slacking in any sector would be disastrous to his loved ones welfare and his own strict sense of honor. Because in Troy Hector is like a rock of stability to his family, citizens and the army who all cling onto his strength to keep from being washed away in a deluge of fear and misery from the ever present threat of the invaders. Within this role of a protector, he often times faces diametrically opposite situations that serve as the great hands pulling Hector limb from limb. For instance, after he returns to the city of Troy he meets his beloved wife Andromache at the sunny gates of his beloved city. When…show more content…
This regret Hector has in the end, both literally and physically tears away his façade, showing him from what he was; a scared and conflicted man. Illustrated during what be believed to be his greatest moment, when he stands as the solitary defender of Troy. Even though, his father screams from the ramparts in a final effort to convince Hector that even if he is young and his death will be glorious, it will be ultimately a selfish death because it will bring no peace upon his family. Hector understands that a death fighting merciless Achilles would mean his family will be left with no body to morn so they all will be left suffering until they are eventually brutally killed by the invaders. (Homer XXII. 44-80). Hector “grim and narrow-eyed, refused to yield” (Homer XXII. 101-102) at first. However while Achilles rushes at him, suddenly all the words of his father, mother, wife begin to make sense, he is on longer narrow-eyed he sees clearly the reality of what his death will mean. So “as he watched, began to tremble./ then he could hold his ground, no more. He ran” (Homer XXII. 150). Because, when facing the cold fact that his warrior lifestyle was not going to save him from death, he has no other choice to but to attempt to preserve his life for his family. Old habits die hard and he is tricked by Athena to fight (Homer XXII. 245-253) When she uses his
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