Andromache is the daughter of Eetion, ruler of the Cilician city of Thebe. Andromache's father and seven brothers fell to the hands Achilles when their town was taken by him; her mother, ransomed at a high, and was slain by Artemis. During the Trojan War her husband was slain by Achilles, Andromache dealt with Hectors death pretty well, she believes that "Better death than life in bitterness. No pain feels death, which has no sense of ills: but who is prospered, and has fallen on woe, forlorn of soul strays for from older bliss" (Hurt-Wilkie, 245). Andromache's fears heralded what was to take place; for Troy was sacked, her little son Astyanax was murdered, and herself was taken captive by Neoptolemus, son of the man who slewed her husband. Little Astyanax was thrown down by the Achaeans from the battlements of Troy, as they wished to annihilate the Royal House of Troy. Andromache was Neoptolemus concubine, when Neoptolemus took Andromache she begs him to let her be free. Andromache tells him that she is widowed, about to be turned into a slave, unhappy and that she wouldn't be fun; she would be a sad mate for him. Neoptolemus didn't care what Andromache said so he took her and treated her as a prize of war and forced her to accompany her to accompany her new master
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