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Jasmin Peters September 28, 2010 Mosaic II/ Section 80 Paper #1 The God’s Role: Fate Iliad is a story of war and fate. The god’s role in the Iliad is to be moderators using the humans as puppets during the war. The Iliad speaks of fate often and the gods contribute to the fate of humans in certain instances. It is easy to suspect that the gods play a bigger role in determining fate than the Iliad examines. The fate of Achilles plays a major role in the war in the Iliad. The battle is between the Trojans and the Achaeans. The Trojans are led by Hector and the Achaeans are ultimately led by Achilles who has a fate of death. This is where fate is first introduced in the text. He is asked numerous times to join the war to help change the tide of the war that Zeus has granted them. While rejecting the offer to join the battle Achilles states “…My mother Thetis, a moving silver grace, tells me two fates sweep me on to my death.”(Homer 424) Achilles knows that death foreshadows him. The decision to fight in the war would not be just to fight but it would be a decision between life and death. There is presumably nothing that Achilles can do to avoid his terrible fate. The gods are prevalent in the Illiad. They are the people’s source of knowledge and direction. After examining the role of the gods in the Iliad, it is easy to conclude that the gods are manipulative, blood thirsty warmongerers.. The war in Troy is the sole source of excitement for the gods. Initially the king of gods, Zeus, is on the side of the Trojans and has granted Hector the victory. Although no one who can overturn Zeus’ decision there are other gods who are involved
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with the battle. The other gods have all picked a side to support, either the Trojans or the Achaeans. The gods use the humans as puppets in the Iliad. This support from the gods is vital to the humans. Without the support of the gods, humans feel helpless. When the Achaeans learn
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