How is Hector's character depicted in Homer's Iliad?

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In Homer's Iliad, Hector is the oldest son of the Trojan king, Priam, and his queen, Hecuba; husband to Andromache; brother to Deiphobus, Helenus, and Paris (who seduces Helen away from the Spartans); and head warrior for the Trojan Army.

Homer portrays Hector as a pillar of integrity, character, courage, and strength—not only for his family, but for the Trojan society as a whole. He is a fierce and excellent fighter, characterized as much by his intelligence as his physical skill, not to mention a loyal friend to those around him. He is also a respectful son to Priam, a caring husband to Andromache, and a loving father to his own son, Astyanax.

Hector, in fact, comes across as such an ideal man that he is even adored by the god Apollo, who manages to rescue and preserve Hector's body from mutilation after he's killed in a battle with Achilles. To fully demonstrate Hector's place as a man of honor, Homer ensures that his epic poem ends with Hector getting the honorable funeral he...

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