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h100 iliad discussion 1

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Michael Joyce 21813333 2/7/08 Paul Gard The Iliad Many of the mortals and Gods alike act in a similar manner toward each other throughout Homer’s epic The Iliad. A very important theme that arises throughout the text is the mortal’s sense of pride and glory. Mortal’s are willing to give anything including their own lives to increase their chances at a shot of glory. This strong ideal of honor and glory is exemplified through the characters of Achilles and Hector. Both of these characters have been forewarned that they will die in battle, but their names will be forever known. Just the fact that their names will be enshrined and glorified in their respective histories is enough incentive for them to sacrifice their own lives and families to attain lasting honor and glory. The Gods have a very different role and motive for why they help one side in the war instead of the other. The Gods show their presence to the mortals through rewards and punishments. In the beginning of the poem, a plague is
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