Hector's Speech - Book 7 Of The Iliad

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Hector's Speech in Book 7 of The Iliad Hector's speech in Book 7 of the Iliad is a compassionate response to the god Apollo's request that the mastermind, Hector, should challenge Achaea's bravest man to a duel. Immediately, Hector willingly accepts Apollo's challenge, conveying his utmost respect for the gods and his honor to their request. Hector states his commitment to the deities when he says, “Our oaths, our sworn truce...” (7.80). Furthermore, his immediate acceptance shows his urge to fight, mainly motivated by his strive for honor and glory – kleos. Yes, he is honoring the gods by taking on this challenge, but he was also promised by Apollo that it is not his fate to die at this time. Therefore, he knows he will defeat the Achaean who steps forward, and he is confident of the honor he will receive when he wins this battle which is, in Hector's words, “what the heart inside me urges” (7.79). Towards the beginning of Hector's speech, he sheds light upon Zeus' impatience with the war when Hector claims, “...and all the Father decrees is death for both sides at once” (7.82). Hector advocates that, in Zeus' eyes, the fighting has gone on long enough, and it is time for things to get serious and the two armies need to reach their final goal in sacking the city of Troy. When Hector begins to speak directly to the Achaean army rather than the entire battlefield, he shows respect to the Greek warriors and admires their honorable individuals. Hector puts his attention on the Achaean force and states: But now, seeing the best of all Achaeans fill your ranks, let one whose nerve impels him to fight with me come striding from your lines, a lone champion pitted against Prince Hector (7.85) This passage not only shows that Hector appreciates the value and honor associated with the Achaeans, but it also illustrates his own individual respect and

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