Hecuba is the wife of Priam, and thus the Queen of Troy and the mother of Hector. Although her relationship with her children is in many ways more intimate and personal than her husband’s—she recalls, for instance, key milestones in one of her sons’ childhood—she strongly objects to Priam’s proposed plan to ransom Hector’s body. In addition to worrying for Priam’s safety, Hecuba believes that the assumptions underlying Priam’s plan could disrupt the entire social order by calling into question the inevitability of fate (i.e. the power of the gods) and the distinctions between different social classes. Nevertheless, she is a loving and devoted wife, and supports Priam when it becomes clear that his mind is made up.
Hecuba Character Timeline in Ransom
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...himself as unchanging and eternal. Now, however, Priam says that he has changed, and that Hecuba herself must have noticed this. Priam then begins to describe his vision to Hecuba. She... (full context)