Questions for Iliad 9-24 - HNRS 2000 Sections 6-10 Fall...

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HNRS 2000, Sections 6-10 Fall, 2015 Critical Analysis: Why War? Reading Questions for The Iliad Thursday, September 24 Books 22 and 24 1. Examine the structure of Book 22. What both precedes and follows the main central scene between Achilles and Hector? What effect does this structure have? Before and after the action between Achilles and Hector, the Trojans are either mourning Hector or trying to convince him not to fight Achilles. This makes the reader view this book mainly from the point of view of the Trojans. 2. Why does Hector refuse to heed the advice of his mother and father? What does his refusal tell about his character? What is his state of mind as he watches Achilles coming? Do you admire him for going to battle Achilles, or not, and why? Hector refuses to heed the advice of his parents because he says that he can’t face the Trojans now because he lost half the army through his recklessness so now he must die honorably. His refusal shows that he is greatly concerned with his honor. His state of mind is one of nervous anticipation. I do not admire Hector for going into a battle knowing that he would lose. If he had not gone to battle, there still may have been a chance of the Trojans winning the war, but without Hector, the Trojans could not win.
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