Essay Analysis Of Homer 's The Iliad And The Odyssey

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In Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two sides, immortal and mortal, place blame on one another for the chaos that unfolds on earth. Human nature entails acting on impulse to serve personal agendas, the gods of Olympus are not exempt from its effect and may be major parts of its existence. Homer depicts the gods as divinities that are similar to humans in that they indulge in the same practices, are subject to the abstract beings of Greek mythology, and are in constant interaction with each other. The degree of these similarities may indicate that the line distinguishing the immortals from mortals is a thin uncertain line that may be crossed.
As divinities, the gods of Olympus are supposed to be refined greater beings that serve as role models. Instead, the immortals seem to be simple magnifications of man’s vices wrapped in the greatest deception—beauty. One of the common practices, both on earth and in the heavens, is adultery. Just like the affair between Agamemnon’s wife, Clytemnestra and Aegisthus, Aphrodite did the same with Ares. Caught in the act, Aphrodite was called a “brazen bitch, who may be… a lovely creature but is the slave of her passions” (The Odyssey 8.319-20). Like a man who has succumb to rage, the gods also demonstrate compulsive and literally explosive reactions usually stemming from trivial incidents. Such an instance occurs when Poseidon makes the trip back home for Odysseus a long and arduous trip. A decade of Odysseus’ life wasted for the sake…

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