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As humans we are gifted or cursed depending on how you look at it with certain inescapable traits Homer does an excellent job showing the traits through the heroes of the Iliad This essay will discuss how the basic human nature of a few of Homers characters determines their fate Everybody knows that no one is perfect Even the mythological men and women that Homer writes about make mistakes In book one Agamemnon refuses to give Chryseis back to her father a mistake that causes Apollo to kill a number of Achaian soldiers To make matters worse Agamemnon then says to Achilleus Even as Phoibos Apollo is taking away my Chryseis I shall convey her back in my own ship with my own followers but I shall take the fair-cheeked Bryseis your prize I myself going to your shelter that you may learn well how much greater I am than you Book one 182-186 That alone is what set the whole tragedy of Achilleus in motion Agamemnons blaton disrespect of Achilleus is what causes the great warrior to withdraw from fighting until later on in the war when Patroklos is killed In a lot of humans especially males passion can overcome most feelings and lead to irrational thinking The entire war that the Iliad revolves around is based on Pariss inability to overcome his love for Helen Menalaoss love for his wife is what causes the Greeks to engage war against the Trojans Achilleus is a great fighter but even he falls victim to the love bug when Briseis is abruptly taken from him by Agamemnon Though Gods are all-powerful even they can be blinded by love In book 14 even the god of all gods Zeus lets his guard down because of the love he has for his wife Hera Hera there will be time afterwards when you can go there as well But now let us go to bed and turn to love-making
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