Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Hector Character Analysis

Hector is the leader of the ELAS group that Mandras joins. He's a devout communist and carries a copy of Lenin's pamphlet What Is To Be Done? As far as Mandras is concerned, Hector is a god: he's all-knowing and promises to teach him to read, and he introduces Mandras to the central tenets of communism that make Mandras feel as though he was cheated as a fisherman and is righteous in being involved with ELAS. In reality, Hector recognizes that Mandras and young men like him are vulnerable and friendless, and so is able to play to Mandras's weaknesses to rope him into the atrocities that ELAS commits. Hector steals from peasants and other guerilla groups alike and orders ELAS members to kill anyone who opposes them, including British soldiers fighting for Greece. His goals have more to do with taking control of Greece after the war is over, not liberating Greece from Axis rule during the war.

Hector Quotes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The Captain Corelli’s Mandolin quotes below are all either spoken by Hector or refer to Hector. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 28 Quotes

"You have to be firm with these people, or they start doing what they like...You won't believe this, but half of these peasants are Royalists. Just imagine! Identifying yourself with the oppressors!"

It had never occurred to Mandras to be anything other than a Royalist, but he nodded in agreement.

Related Characters: Hector (speaker), Mandras
Page Number: 194
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Chapter 36 Quotes

But on that evening, one of the Venizelists who was about to risk his life by defecting to EDES came up to him later in the darkness, sympathetically offering him a cigarette, and explaining, "Look, you don't have to understand all that jargon from our sesquipedalian friend, because all it boils down to is that you've got to do just as he says, or he'll cut your throat."

Related Characters: Mandras, Hector
Page Number: 232
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Hector Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The timeline below shows where the character Hector appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 28. Liberating the Masses (1)
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...Simply because ELAS is the first group that Mandras encounters, he joins it. Its leader, Hector, sees that Mandras is lost and impressionable. (full context)
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In the days before Mandras meets Hector, he dreams of Pelagia. One evening, ten ELAS men surround Mandras and his group. Hector... (full context)
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Then, Hector gives Mandras a pistol and tells him to shoot the man. Mandras kneels, puts the... (full context)
Chapter 32. Liberating the Masses (2)
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Mandras comes to idolize Hector. They steal a lamb one morning and Mandras thinks that with the lamb slung over... (full context)
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When the shepherd asks for a gold sovereign in compensation for the lamb, Hector and Mandras laugh at him. The shepherd insists that EDES and the British always pay... (full context)
Chapter 34. Liberating the Masses (3)
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For Hector, being taken to task by Lieutenant Colonel Myers for "misdemeanors and atrocities" has happened so... (full context)
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Myers sighs at Hector as they go through their usual song and dance. He lists the crimes that ELAS... (full context)
Chapter 36. Education
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The ELAS boys sit around the fire and listen to Hector "teach." Most of them don't agree with Hector at all and know that whatever Hector... (full context)
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Mandras pledges his support to Hector, hoping that one day he'll be able to read What Is To Be Done? himself.... (full context)