Cephise begs Andromache to accept Pyrrhus' offer, which will protect Astyanax and restore her to noble rank; even Hector would approve such a marriage. But Andromache is still haunted by the memory of Pyrrhus as she first saw him, covered with the blood of her family and her people, fighting his way across the bodies of her brothers while the cries of the dying rang around him. No, rather than accept him as husband, she would prefer to be his final victim.Very well, says Cephise, let us go to see your son die — and then Andromache remembers: Her last joy, the image of Hector, the child Hector left to her care the day he went out to die at the hands of Achilles, is too precious to be allowed to die too. He is guiltless; if he dies, it will be because of his mother's hatred for her master, not for any crime of his own. She cannot bear to see him slain;
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Andromache, Pyrrhus, theme. Pyrrhus, mere plot devices