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The Odyssey and the Iliad In our day and age people strive for independence and a sense of authority However at many times this is more easily said than done Whether it be God or in the eyes of the Achaeans and Trojans the immortals lives and actions are commonly defined by a higher being Which leads to Homers epic poems the Odyssey and the Iliad which deal with constant conflict in a world where the mortals are not even masters of their own destiny The main character Odysseus and the two armies the Achaeans and the Trojans have little control over their own fate Their destinies are defined by the gods The gods demonstrate their control through prophecy omens and the intervention amongst the humans below them Because of the control exercised by the gods the characters are forced to become dependent on them and fear their all mighty hand The story of The Iliad deals with two armies the Achaeans and the Trojans In the war the Achaians are trying to sack the city of Troy The Trojans the defenders of the city are led by the powerful warriors Hector and Paris while the Achaeans are led by Agamemnon Achilles Odysseus and several other powerful men The story concludes with the Achaeans on the verge of sacking Troy because their greatest warrior Hector died by the hand of Achilles The Odyssey is the story of Odysseuss homeward journey after the Trojan War Odysseus was afflicted with suffering on his homeward voyage because he blinded the Cyclops Poseidons son When he finally reached his home of Ithaca he found several men trying to steal his wealth and woo his wife Penelope This story ends with Odysseus saving his land Ithaca from the suitors In both stories the characters respect the gods prophecy and assume it to be true Odysseus who devised the plan of the Wooden Horse knew it was their fate to
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