The Fight For Women 's Rights Essay

1712 Words Nov 12th, 2014 7 Pages
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 and driving the story forward.
In the Iliad, the great Trojan War was said to have been caused by the three goddesses, Hera, Aphrodite and Athena. Supposedly, an apple named the “Apple of Discord” was given to the three, for the “fairest one” and they all believed they deserved it. Because of their immense pride and extreme stubbornness in believing they were the rightful owner of the apple, they could not reach an agreement and Paris of Troy was asked…

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