Emotions Of Mortal Women In The Aeneid And Homer's Iliad

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The fight for women’s rights has been an ongoing struggle, with the majority of the progress being made only within the last few decades. Sexism has been so deeply engrained into society, that it is difficult to get rid of the notion that women are inferior to men. The divide between men and women can even be seen in literature that dates back to thousands of years. Written around 750 B.C., Homer’s Iliad is a prime example of a work that portrays mortal women as possession and many female gods as deceptive, emotional characters. Another work, the Aeneid by Virgil examines the idea that goddesses can be selfish, only doing things when they can benefit from it. It also shows how mortal women can cause the downfall of men by leading them astray from their fate. In both works, women are portrayed as emotional characters. However, mortal women are seen as inferior to men and often have their feelings ignored whereas the goddesses are driven by both positive and negative emotions and use their powers to interfere, creating conflict …show more content…
Mortal women were seen as subordinate to men and often times had their feelings ignored. They had no control over their own lives and many were passed back and forth like possessions. On the contrary, goddesses used their emotions to drive their actions and create change through their supernatural abilities. Although the gods were selfish and overused their power, they played significant roles in the stories as their actions always caused conflict to drive the story forward. The conflicts also served as a way for readers to see different sides of characters, further developing the story. Mortal women did not have this kind of importance and power. They were helpless, having to put their lives in other people’s hands while the goddess’ were the ones usually interfering in other people’s

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