What was the significance of the prayer that Hector makes for Astyanax?
I think that the significance of the prayer scene is large. It is this particular scene where Hector's life as a warrior for his city and his love as a father clash, creating an ultimate sense of agony. The prayer is a merging of this public and private persona of Hector, revealing his own sense of pain and suffering at his own predicament. The prayer of wishing his son to be as a great of a warrior as his father is a powerful element and significant on a couple of levels. Hector's prayer is for his son to be a great warrior, something that will end up robbing the child of his father. At the same time, the prayer is a hope to alleviate the divided consciousness in which Hector lives, something that ends up being unavoidable and something that the sack of Troy demonstrates. The prayer is a moment where a mortal, recognizing his own pain and suffering, pleads at the feet of the divine to transcend the pain of being human. It is significant because while it is a tender moment, it is one where this pain is unavoidable, something that cannot be escaped. In this, the prayer is highly significant.