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Hector Point Of View Essay

1737 words - 7 pages

"All my life I have lived by a code and the code is simple: Honor the Gods, love your woman and defend your country."After decades of warfare, Agamemnon, King of Mycenae had forced the kingdom of Greece into a loose alliance. Agamemnon's brother, Menelaus, king of Sparta, was weary of war and battle and offered peace with Troy, the most powerful rival to the emerging Greek nation with mighty walls that could never be breached. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. I, Prince Hector of Troy and my brother Paris were invited to Sparta to represent our aging father, King Priam, for the peace agreements. Both countries were tired of war. Our father who have spent his lifetime fighting wars for land, power and glory, wished more than anything else to die peacefully in Troy. Having devoted my adult life to war, I just wanted to retire and dedicate more time to my family and watch my son grow up.I should have stopped the stares and gestures Paris and Helen sent to each other during the feast. I never really anticipated that Paris would try to woo Helen of Sparta as well. After all, women had always loved Paris and so why would he choose to love Helen when he knew that her suitors had signed an oath to protect her marriage? I was wrong. It was all a game to Paris, roaming "from town to town, bedding merchant's wives and temple maids." He spat on out father's love when he brought her onto our ship, for his own selfish lust, he didn't care if Troy burned or men died for his cause. "I've killed men and I've heard them dying and there's nothing glorious about it, nothing poetic." I love my brother but I also love Troy. I couldn't let the men of Troy die for one man's greed but I also couldn't let my brother die in the hands of the vengeful Spartans. My conflicting views eventually prompted me to continue our voyage home. Maybe it was a twist of fate or the works of Aphrodite but this time, his love for Helen seemed real. All the effort into patching our relations with the Greeks was wasted. It was too late; Troy was doomed the day when Paris laid eyes on Helen. The face that launched a thousand ships put Troy in imminent danger.The Trojans greeted us with joy and celebration as we paraded through the city. I was aware that this peace would be short lived and rushed to the palace to see my newborn son. His sweet innocent face, eyes wide with a soft smile melted my warrior heart. He was my pride and joy, tears formed in the corners of my eyes, I loved him so much and I wanted to see him grow tall and become a strong warrior, a prince as brave as a lion and admired by all of Troy. Andromache's angel face lifted my spirits; I loved my wife and family, no matter how harsh or fierce I appeared in battle, my family was the centre of my universe.Across the vast ocean, the Greeks were approaching for their revenge. I prayed to Apollo for his protection and prepared the Trojans to defend our city. The dots advancing on the horizon increased in astounding numbers...

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