Essay on Homeric Heroes, And Free Will

959 Words Oct 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Homeric Heroes, And Free Will In Homers Iliad and Odyssey the characters constantly battle with themselves. The main characters are multidimensional and are given free will but it is expected by the gods to accept the punishment when they dishonore them. Mortals usually blame the gods for their misfortunes; “Mortals! They are always blaming the gods for their troubles when their own witlessness causes them more than they are destined for!”(Odyssey 1.36)Although the decisions they made based on their personality, led to problems they have. Their (Hubris) is the reason for the problems they have. Hubris always leads to nemesis and the downfall of a character. Achilles has strength and a close relationship with the gods, He is a great warrior, the best in the Achaean army, but he often cannot control his pride and rage. He cannot make decisions with integrity when his prides is damaged. He leave the Achaean army after Agamemnon took Briseis and this action was like telling Achiles that he is not so important for the Achaean army. Achilles then prays that the Trojans will kill them all so Achilles can restore his pride as being the most important member of the Achaean army. More important even than the king Agamemnon(quote here). Achilles is driven primarily by a thirst for glory, but his actions usually lead to many deaths that could have been prevented if only he could put his pride aside. He is willing to sacrifice everything else so that his name will be remembered.…

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