In "The Iliad", what misfortune did Andromache suffer from Achilles?  

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The primary misfortune that Andromache suffered at Achilles' hands was being made a widow.  Andromache was Hektor' wife.  Before he leaves on his fateful battle, she pleads with her husband not to go, not to fight.  He tells her that he has no choice but to go and defend his city's and his throne's honor.  As Hektor puts on his armor, their child, Astyanax, cries in horror at his father in battle dress.  Hektor takes off the armor and offers a prayer to Zeus in honor of his son and in the event he does not live through this battle.  Hektor is eventually killed by Hektor, and Andromache must endure the immeasurable pain of her husband being killed and the immense anguish over the disrespect Achilles shows by dragging the dead body of her husband around the city.  This constitutes a great deal of misfortune that Andromache suffered from Achilles.

kjspears | Student

During the war, her brothers had been destroyed by Achilles.

Andromache, the wife of Hector, was eventually given to one of Achilles' family members.  Her son was sacrificed at the funeral of Achilles.