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Hector is the mightiest warrior in the Trojan army Although he meets his match in Achilles he wreaks havoc on the Achaean army during Achilles period of absence He leads the assault that finally penetrates the Achaean ramparts he is the first and only Trojan to set fire to an Achaean ship and he kills Patroclus Yet his leadership contains discernible flaws especially toward the end of the epic when the participation of first Patroclus and then Achilles reinvigorates the Achaean army He demonstrates a certain cowardice when twice in Book 17 he flees Great Ajax Indeed he recovers his courage only after receiving the insults of his comradesfirst Glaucus and then Aeneas He can often become emotionally carried away as well treating Patroclus and his other victims with rash cruelty Later swept up by a burst of confidence he foolishly orders the Trojans to camp outside Troys walls the night before Achilles returns to battle thus causing a crucial downfall the next day But although Hector may prove overly impulsive and insufficiently prudent he does not come across as arrogant or overbearing as Agamemnon does Moreover the fact that Hector fights in his homeland unlike any of the Achaean commanders allows Homer to develop him as a tender family-oriented man Hector shows deep sincere love for his wife and children Indeed he even treats his brother Paris with forgiveness and indulgence despite the mans lack of spirit and preference for lovemaking over military duty Hector never turns violent with him merely aiming frustrated words at his cowardly brother Moreover although Hector loves his family he never loses sight of his responsibility to Troy Admittedly he runs from Achilles at first and briefly entertains the delusional hope of negotiating his way out of a duel However in the end he stands up to the mighty warrior even when he realizes that the gods have abandoned him His refusal to flee even in the face
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