Questions for Iliad 9-22 - 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 Tuesday, September 22: Books 6 (ll. 246-end), and 9 1. When Hector returns to Troy in Book 6, he meets in succession the three women who matter most to him: His mother Hecuba, his sister-in-law Helen, and his wife Andromache. How does each of them attempt to persuade him to stay, and how does he respond to each? What does Homer show us here about the character of Hector? How do his motivations compare to Achilles? Hecuba tells him to rest and to drink some wine in toast to Zeus. Hector responds to her by saying that the wine would drain the power out of his limbs and that his hands are too dirty to toast to Zeus. Helen asks Hector to come and sit and Hector responds by saying that his heart is out there with his fighting men. Andromache clings to his arm and tries to guilt him into staying by saying that she has no one else and if he returns to war then their son will be fatherless and she will be a widow. Hector responds by telling his wife that he must fight to defend his father’s
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