Achilles and Hector

Achilles and Hector

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  • Priam and Andromache plead with Hector not to fight Achilles.  Hector knows that the towns people will look down at him if he doesn't confront Achilles. Against his families wishes, he heads out to battle.
  • Hector confronts Achilles on the battlefield. After exchanging missed blows with their spears, Achilles finds a weak spot in Hector's armor and strikes for the kill. Hector falls to his death.
  • after Achilles kills Hector he decides to humiliate him by dragging his corpse around the perimeter of the city.  In doing this Achilles strikes fear into the trojans by flaunting their dead hero.  Achilles has angered the gods. 
  • For many days, Priam is frozen in fear and anger while he mourns his son. He is at a loss at what to do next. Later in a dream, Zeus commands Priam to go alone to Achilles with ransom for Hector's body so that may be a proper burial.
  • The Trojans employ the warrior Memnon to confront Achilles.  Memnon is no match for Achilles, however, he serves as a distraction.  Hidden from view is Hector's brother Paris who releases the arrow that kills the mighty Achilles, appearing to end the war.
  • With help from the gods and in a final attempt to breach the town, the greek offer a large wooden horse as a gift as their ships and armies appear to retreat.  The Trojans decide to wheel it into the town as a sign as their victory. Hidden in the belly of the horse are their best soldiers who attack during the night, while greek armies return to finish the battle.
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