Literary Response to Hymn to Demeter

Literary Response to Hymn to Demeter - They can delay...

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Frank Garcia Lit Hum Sharon Fulton September 22, 2010 Literary Response to Hymn to Demeter (ll 147-8): Good mother, men must take the gifts of the gods even when they bring them pain, since gods are truly much stronger. (ll 216-7): But man must take the gifts of the gods even when they are grieved by them, for on their necks there is a yoke. This quote reminded me of our discussion in class about obeying gods. Someone brought up the point that it does not make sense to obey the Gods since they are not in control of fate. God, as we believe in now, is in control of fate, and we are scared to disobey or disappoint him because we don’t want to have bad fortune and fate. The Greek gods however, do not seem to be in control of fate. In the Iliad, Zeus and the Olympic Gods can only interfere in the short – term.
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Unformatted text preview: They can delay someones fated death, but they cannot prevent it. These quotes seem to be an explanation as to why the gods were still obeyed, even though they did not determine fate. Fear seems to be the reason for obedience. There is a yoke around our necks and we are slaves to the Gods because they can pull on the yoke and make us do as they please. We believe in God because we believe he understands the right morals to abide by and he can make us do the right things. God can make us live life the way it should be lived. But the Greek gods are a completely different concept. Humans dont look up to the Gods, they dont even want to be like the Gods. They have reverence for them out of fear and knowledge of their power....
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