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Jeffrey Cox Professor Paoletti ENG 112.022 21 September 2008 Know Your Place Hecuba’s life is completely destroyed and all the people close to her are killed as a result of her overstepping her bounds and not knowing her place. The Greeks believed very strongly in knowing ones place and staying in that place, Greek culture did not allow for any movement up the social ladder. Hecuba begs of Greek men, calls in favors and even blinds a man, all of which she has no right to even consider as a slave who is lower than pond slime. Hecuba’s downfall begins when she will not let her daughter go to be sacrificed. Hecuba being at the bottom of the social ladder and nothing but a woman slave whose purpose is only to do the bidding of her superiors makes demands of Odysseus,” do not tear my child from my arms. / Do not kill her. Enough of my children have died.” Hecuba has no place to beg for the life of her daughter to a Greek to whom she must clean and server for the rest of her. (298-9)
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