Analysis Of The Book ' Six Of The Iliad '

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Hector’s Agency Agency can be defined as willed action that is freely taken after deliberation or action taken having a specific purpose behind it. In book six of the Iliad, Hector deals with the struggle of choosing between his familial duties and his public heroic responsibilities. The outcome of this conflict, presented in the passage from book six of the Iliad, represents an agency that is both purposeful and goal directed towards receiving honor. The fact that Hector leaves behind his beloved family, and doesn’t abandon his city, although it is destined to fail shows that Hector is able to make his own decisions, even when he is influenced by those outside forces. Hector’s desire to receive glory for himself and for his father is a purpose behind his decision to return to war. Hectors decision reflects the amount of agency he has when deciding on whether to urge away from the battle to be with his family or to return to battle and obtain glory. Glory is an achievement that members of the Greek society, in particular men, sought after. Hector being the son of a king, knows that honoring his father is really important in Greek society. In book 6 of the Iliad, Homer states, “To stand bravely, always to fight in the front ranks of Trojan soldiers, winning my father great glory, glory for myself.”(6:528-530). The thought of receiving kudos (shine or honor) from his father and obtaining Kleos( immortal glory or fame) for himself impacted his decision to continue to not

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