Gender Roles In The Iliad

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Gender roles have always existed to some extent throughout history, and it has been a stepping stone of human life and broader nature. In the Greek society women were not allowed to impede in politics or anything other than being a wife/mother, yet the goddess of marriage and birth, Hera, defies all of the rules. Hera’s jealousy, and trickery creates unwanted havoc, and throughout the book her character reveals that she acts according to her situation, leading her to effectively be a “gender-neutral” and dominant character, thus making her a significant character in The Iliad.
Hera is an exceedingly determined goddess and wants/will do whatever possible to get her way, which is helping the Achaeans win. Her personality, as a whole, is highly
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This mostly comes about, because Zeus is an unfaithful husband and Hera’s retaliation method is to fight it with jealousy and rage. She is also seen this way because of how this story began in the first place, with Paris choosing Aphrodite’s gift over herself and Athena’s, which caused her to be very hostile towards Aphrodite and the Trojan side because they both (Paris and Aphrodite) were cheering for them. This all lead up to the goddess being extremely vengeful towards all of Zeus’ lovers and children that were not hers, all the stress that Zeus puts on Hera by cheating gives her this constant feeling of edge and this creates her stuck up, and jealous …show more content…
Multiple times throughout the book, she takes on the more masculine role of fighting in person, rather than going through mortals or gods. Hera even accomplishes defeating Artemis in a fight, bragging that she will win, “If you want lessons in war, then you can learn how I excel you, though you face me-,” she then takes Artemis’ bow, who runs away right after (Iliad 21. 567-568). For a goddess that few people link with battle, she is able to show that she is not a being to be messed with. As a result, Hera is also perfectly okay with fighting among the mortals, which she later decides not to try due to Zeus’ threats, she and Athena go to battle to stop Hector’s slaughter of the Achaeans. Hera will fight on the battlefield if it will accomplish her

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