Types of Love in the Illiad

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Foram Patel
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In the Greek epic, The Iliad, Homer shows a different side of love that exists between Andromache and Hector different from the erotic love, which exists between the many other characters in the epic, including Paris and Helen. In the Iliad, many instances of love are shown between multiple characters and in the majority of these encounters, love is shown as a merely a sort of erotic contract between a man and a woman; however, when Homer shows his readers the dialogue between Andromache and Hector, the true nature of love is revealed. In fact, Andromache speaks against Hector going out in the war, for the loss of him, to her, is not as great as him gaining honor and glory in the battle. To provide context, Hector is the only one left for Andromache in this world due to the bereavement Achilles has brought on her by killing her father, her brothers and leaving her mother to die by the arrows of Artemis herself. For Andromache, Hector is her mother, father, brother and her “blossoming” husband, and in this way Andromache would rather die before Hector does, so that she would not have to live in his absence caused her by his fall upon the battlefield as so many of her loved ones before him. In the Iliad, most characters display strictly the carnal aspect of love: for example Paris, after escaping from Menelaus with the help of Aphrodite, goes back to Helen and all that he wants from her is to go to bed with her.
The love between Hector and Andromache is far deeper than any other seen in the poem by virtue of their child. In the meeting between Hector and his wife, Andromache accuses Hector of fighting only for glory and honor and that he “[has] no feelings left for [his] little boy or for [her],” [Lombardo, 124]; however, Hector is not fighting for glory or honor, rather he only wants to protect his home and his family. The dynamic…...

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