Analysis Of Homer 's ' The Iliad '

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Some of the most memorable stories are recorded in Homer’s epic tale, The Iliad. With action packed battles, heroes and mighty gods, these tales that are so incredibly detailed that the reader can picture the battles like they were happening right in front of them. The Iliad’s legends are so infamous that even after hundreds of years they are still being told in the 21st century. Between the fighting and the glory however, there are scenes with the hero’s wives and families pleading with their loved ones to cut these stories short. If the hero of Troy, Hector, would have listened to his wife, Andromache, there would be no dramatic ending to his life and he would have lived out his days in shame. Luckily, even she realized this end and urged Hector to fight on for his city illustrating that, Andromache’s role in the myth was more import than audiences remember.
While a main figure in the hero Hector’s life, Andromache has a small role in the overall plot of The Iliad. In lines 508-520 of Book 6, we find her begging with her husband to stay away from the war. She starts her arguments in line 508, pushing her roles and expectations of her husband, now that her father and mother are dead. Andromache cries out, “’You Hector—you are my father now, my noble mother, a brother too, and you are my husband, young and warm and strong! Pity me, please!’” (6.508-510). Her pleas provoke Hector to show some compassion for her, because she feels that if he dies in battle that her only

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