The Role Of Helen In The Iliad

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One of the most important characters in the poem is Helen, the wife of Zeus. As I stated in the begging, Athena wanted help from Zeus for Achilles and he refused. We encounter how Zeus didn’t help the Trojans at first because of the opinion of his wife who is Hera. She favored the Greeks so she didn’t want Zeus to get involved. We see how Zeus who is the king of gods, helps out the Trojans and that’s when the power of Hera slightly decreases due to the fact that he did completely different from what she asked him. At one part, Zeus got really frustrated with Hera because he was trying to mind his own business and trying to do what he thought was right and we see how her interfering made him very angry: “How absurd you are! You are always imagining …show more content…
There are different gods and goddesses that we encounter in The Iliad with huge knowledge. Athena who is also one of the powerful gods, asked Diomedes to injure Aphrodite which shows how being a god gives you power but not always. This is how the mortals and the gods are connected because it’s a very powerful scene in the poem. Along with what happened, Athena again asked Diomedes to injure Aries as well, the Greek god of war, which is very strange because she keeps continuing. The reason behind is because she feels that she has control over him and for once she feels powerful. This happens all the time because of the society we live in due to the fact that women make everything a competition and don’t want the other individual to succeed. During the end of the poem we see how Athena comes down to Hector while the war between him and Achilles occurred and tricks him which caused hi his life. According to Homer, Athena came right next to Hector and explained how she will be right by his side and he should stop running and fight against Achilles: “Brother, Achilles is wearing you out. You will never pull away from him; no one is faster than he is. So stop. We will make a stand and see who is stronger” (Homer 22.225). Athena tricked Hector and got him killed, if it wasn’t for her he could’ve been alive. In society, men and women are similar but women are portrayed as weak and useless because that’s a …show more content…
Throughout the poem Helen did not make much of an appearance although most of the trouble was because of her. She was the most beautiful girl and nothing could beat her beauty. Helen blames herself inside because she couldn’t do anything when Paris took her away from her husband. But we also see as the poem continues she starts to not care about Paris’s power and she is not scared of him as she uses to be. According to the article, "Bitch that I Am" the author explains the way Helen feels inside and how she feels guilty: “Yet her self- blame is an implicit assertion of agency on her part. It not only disarms male reproach by characterizing her as a "good" woman, but affirms her responsibility (and thus agency) in her original elopement” (Blondell 1). The author of this article explains how being a good woman in a sarcastic tone because the author blames Helen too of what happened. We see how Homer explains that it was Helen’s fault because she caused the war to occur. Helen was the main reason why everything started, but even before that, the Trojans and Achaeans had a conflict so this was just a trigger to start a

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