references, thereby implicitly underscoring, even further, the importance of hierarchy, and the metaphorical slipping between the hierarchal cracks that occurs in every tactical maneuvers of the less-than-powerful., rather than typical cultural or sociological ones. Within that mutually exclusive yet stiffly entwined worlds inhabited by strategists and tacticians, respectively and (in an inherently tense and uncomfortable way trans-hierarchically The domino-fall of decisions that eventually create the conditions of possibility for Hector's brutal; fatal, and inevitable clash with Achilles is the gods' (that is, the super-strategists' of the Greek universe) decision of Hector's fate, and to that he submits.
As the article "Further Greek Literature II: Aristotle's Poetics" also observes, of Hector:
In book 6, Andromache asks him to stay with her on the city wall... he refuses, as he must - it is his duty to fight. In book 14 Polydamas advises against an assault on the Greek camp; Hector overrules him. In book 18
Polydamas (knowing that Achilles will rejoin the fighting the next day) argues that the Trojans should withdraw inside the city and defend the walls; Hector again overrules him. In the next day's fighting the Trojans suffer a heavy defeat. They retreat inside the city; Hector is the last man left outside the walls; his parents, on top of the walls, beg him to come inside; but conscious that the disaster was due to his own misjudgement [sic], he feels obliged to stay outside and face Achilles. He too, then, falls into misfortune as a result of an error - the rejection of Polydamas' advice in book 18...
In this essay, I have suggested that Hector of the Iliad, as his creator Homer conceives him, is a hero perhaps shaped by Homer's own self: forthright; plain spoken; one who views the world through the eyes of a detached but interested observer, accepts the environment, and respects the gods and fate. Hector is Homer's hand-created legendary hero: a strategist by birth; a tactician by gods' and artists' design.