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Eric S. Langston Mosaic II Sect 29 Dr. Fischer October 11, 2009 Essay 2 The Role of the Gods Throughout the Iliad there is a correlation between divine power and human characteristics amongst the gods. While many of the gods had to decide the fate of many characters, they allowed personal associations to interfere with their divinity. Homer provides a plethora of occurrences in which the gods exhibit partiality towards these personal associates. Although the gods are partial it does not hinder the ultimate fate of these characters. The tension between the Greeks and Trojans is instigated by the god’s ability to intervene in the lives of these people. Homer highlights this in Zeus’ role as the chief god who remains impartial throughout the battle between the Greeks and Trojans. Through Zeus’ unbiased character, he exemplifies that the responsibility of the gods, is to ensure each character’s fate is carried out without interference. Apollo is one of the first gods who demonstrates his partiality towards the Trojans. In book 1, Apollo places a plague on the Greeks because he favors the Trojans. Homer states, “Agamemnon had dishonored Chryses, Apollo’s priest, so the god struck the Greek camp with the plague” (Homer, 1). Throughout the Iliad, one can suggest that the gods already know the fate of every character or group of characters; therefore, it can be assumed that even though Apollo favored the Trojans, he already knew that the Greeks would win in the end. Instead of letting nature take its course, Apollo decides to abuse his power, for the reason that he took personal offense to the fact that Agamemnon offended Chryses. Apollo could have remained neutral and let his deity outweigh
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personal opinion, but he took the lesser approach. Thetis was yet another goddess who allowed her personal associations to sway her emotions as a goddess. Thetis is the mother of Achilles, and her primary concern throughout the Iliad is to make sure that her son remains safe throughout the battle. There is a scene in book 1 in which Achilles begins to call out for his mother’s aid because he feels as if he is incompetent. Despite the fact that Achilles feels as if he was born to have a short life;
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course AOD 1000+ taught by Professor Joefolger during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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