In the Iliad Hektor genuinely finds joy in being a husband and a father which

In the iliad hektor genuinely finds joy in being a

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In the Iliad , Hektor genuinely finds joy in being a husband and a father which is seen through his interactions with Astyanax. He continuously praises his son by expressing that he hopes for him to be a noble warrior like himself. In theory, it is shown that Hektor deeply loves his son more than he does for his wife, Andromache which is actively seen by how they interact with one another. In the sixth book, Hektor gives Astyanax to Andromache before they depart meaning that he allocates his son’s life in his wife’s hands, “he set his child again in the arms of his beloved wife, who took him back again to her fragrant bosom smiling in her tears; and her husband saw, and took pity upon her, and stroked her with his hand” (VI. 482-485). Although he seems profuse when it comes to showing emotion because it is seen as a “weakness” and very “feminine” as a warrior is described to not show any emotion. However, he does show very little
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physical affection, showing that he does have a soft side and does intimacy to portray his feelings because he struggles with explaining how fond he is. Despite what a trojan warrior is expected to behave, he defies the odds by his use of affection which gives the reader an idea that not only is Hektor devoted to his duties as a Trojan warrior but he is also devoted to showing his love for his family. Similarly, Aeneus does not show any affection towards his wife, despite being married to each other it gives the reader the idea that he does not prioritize and treat his wife equally to him as he should. Throughout the book, the reader can depict that he mainly focuses on his role as a father than being a devoted husband.
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