Honor Homer And Heartache : The Point Of The Iliad

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Honor Homer and Heartache The point of The Iliad is personal honor. Honor was prevalent throughout the poem. The honor of every person in Homeric culture was important. Homer demonstrated some lack of honor in some of the main characters. Therefore, Homer wants to infuse pride, emotions, and values into the main characters who are viewed as heroes that the society looks up to. With these three solutions it would help out the honor culture. As illustrated in book VI, Homer didn’t want readers to just believe that Hector was this mighty warrior in the Trojan War. He was portrayed as impulsive and insufficiently prudent but not overbearing and arrogant as Agamemnon. Hector had this compassion towards his family. He has sincere love for his wife and kids. Glorious Hector, quickly lifting the helmet from his head, set it down on the ground, fiery in the sunlight, and raising his son he kissed him, tossed him in his arms, lifting a prayer to Zeus and the other deathless gods: “Zeus, all you immortals! Grant this boy, my son, may be like me, first in glory among the Trojans, strong and brave like me, and rule all Troy in power and one day let them say, “He is a better man than his father!’ when he comes home from battle bearing the bloody gear of the mortal enemy he has killed in war a joy to his mother’s heart.” (Homer, pg.211) This example from the poem shows that Hector has pride and love for his son. He wants his son to be a stronger and better warrior than he is. Although, all

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