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After examining the encounter between Hector and Andromache I gained a better understanding of the relations between men and women in Homeric Greece On the surface it seems as though there is nothing unusual about their marriage or the way they interact under the given circumstances However after scrutinizing the scene several more times I was able to infer even more about their relationship It is clear that Hector and Andromache care very much for each other From Andromaches perspective her response to the situation seems natural and justifiable Even by todays standards no wife wants to see her husband go off to war For that reason it shows that she loves Hector and even expresses that she needs him by begging him not to join the front lines in battle She explains how he is everything to her and that if he were to die that she and their child would be left with nothing If Andromaches actions epitomize the role of women in Homeric Greece then it can be argued that women very much respected and cared for their husbands and loved ones and felt pain when they lost them Hector fulfills the male role in this scene by replacing major priorities such as family and love with honor and glory As Andromache states Hector is a man possessed by courage which will only kill him in the end While he obviously cares for his wife and son and worries about what will happen to them once he dies he is still the protector above all else Ironically fighting and dying with his fellow Trojans seems more important to him than actually staying back with his family to protect them His courage and fate on the battlefield take precedence over his duty as husband and father at home This was probably a major characteristic of most men in that society The scene described in The Iliad is actually very common in
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