The Iliad, By Homer Essay

1109 Words Sep 21st, 2014 5 Pages
Homer portrays fate, in the Iliad as a perplexing force that even the gods do not mess with and as something that is determined for every person through the choices they each make. Fate is perceived as an extremely powerful force and is used to describe many of the actions in the Iliad. It is thought of as honorable for one to accept their fate nobly, and disgraceful to try to escape it. At the beginning of one of the books of the Iliad, Zeus puts the destinies of the two warring sides, the Trojans and the Achaeans, on a set of scales and then throws his support for the day one of them will win behind the side that the scales show is destined to win. Later on in the Iliad, Zeus is tempted to save Sarpedon and Hector from their deaths, but he is reminded that they are fated to die at those times and that he will lose the respect of the other gods if he tries to tamper with fate. One element of fate emerges in Book Nine, when Odysseus, Ajax, and Phoenix present Achilles with Agamemnon’s offer of gifts in order to get him to return to the Achaean troops and fight. This occurs after the Achaeans sit devastated and lost, and Diomedes stands up and declares they must keep fighting because fate has said that Troy will fall. The soldiers rally behind this and Nestor proposes they make peace with Achilles. Achilles thinks he can return to his homeland and change his mind to live a long, boring life instead of the short and glorious one he is fated to live. This is what he tells to…

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