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The Gods Essay

370 words - 2 pages

The Role of the Gods in the Iliad
In the era of Homer, divine intervention was thought to be typical, and one of his foremost works, The Iliad, reflects this. Nearly all of the Greek gods are involved in the outcome of the Trojan War, which happens to be the background story of this epic poem. The gods are used by Homer to add twists on an otherwise standard plot of war. Evidently, the gods will be a powerful source of divine intervention and their actions certainly have significant outcomes on the ...view middle of the document...

Without the presence of fate controlling the inner circle of Olympus, it is likely that the activity of the Trojan War would have become chaotic, possibly even becoming a playground of war for the gods. The power of fate, above all of the other gods combined, is a power that not even divine intervention can prevent. This theme of fate and how it controls the god’s actions is quite befitting to the storyline of The Iliad. The Iliad, in essence, recounts the story of part of the tenth year of the Trojan War. It recounts of the anger of Achilles, the greatest warrior present at Troy, and of the background battle that is ensuing. The reoccurring theme in the Iliad is that no matter whom the character is, god or human, they are bound to their fate, and it is the gods who must be the mediators and deliverers of this fate. Throughout ten years of gruesome battling, it is obvious to see why Homer uses comedy to lighten the mood when there exists nothing else besides blood, gore, and death. Homer uses comedy when referring to the gods to offset the serious tones set forth by the reoccurring theme of divine judgment over the mortals. This theme of divine intervention is inferior to the...

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