scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 824
The Role of Gods and Goddesses in the Fate and Destiny of Characters in Homers The Iliad Homers The Iliad is an epic poem written about the events that transpired during the war between the Achaians and Trojans and the fates of the warriors and civilians What is Fate Britannicacom defines fate as an inevitable and often adverse outcome condition or end Homer expresses the idea that the gods and goddesses intervene in the fates and destinies of the warriors during battle and in their everyday lives Frequently throughout The Iliad Homer has Zeus or another god depict the fate of a character These fates are irreversible and final No matter how much a character tries they cannot be changed In Book I Homer already depicts godly intervention in the lives of the characters During one of the Achaians many raids on cities located near Troy they captured two enemy maidens Chryseis and Briseis Chryseis was awarded to Agamemnon Commander-in-chief of the army and Briseis to Achilles Achaians best warrior Upon this action the father of Chryseis Chryses pleads with Agamemnon for her safe return Agamemnon refuses to return her Therefore Chryses prayed to Apollo who then brought a plague on the Achaian camp This is an example of the gods intervention in the lives of mortals Achilles then tries to tell Agamemnon that he is the reason for the plague but Agamemnon will have none of this Achilles then draws his sword on Agamemnon but Athena convinces Achilles otherwise These events brought great despair to Achilles who then prayed to his mother Thetis the sea goddesses He pleads with her to convince Zeus to ensure that the Trojans defeat his fellow Achaian soldiers Thetis then visits Zeus and convinces him to aid the Trojans In Book IX Diomedes prophesizes the fall of Troy saying They can all return home he says but he Diomedes will remain alone if necessary to
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA