Theme Of Fate In The Iliad

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Written in two different times, The Iliad by Homer and by The Aeneids by Virgil focuses on two war heroes and the paths they must take. Homer makes Achilles a Greek who is fated to destroy the city of the Trojans. Virgil, who was inspired Homer, came to create a Trojan named Aeneas and his quest to eventually settle on the foundations of rome. The Greek influence on Homer’s story, and certain themes like the gods and mythos, carried mixed in and carried over with Roman influence. What is apparent in both these stories is how fate was always held to the protagonist to the story. How the theme of fate is portrayed for these characters is different in the sense that Achilles has more autonomy between choosing his fate while Aeneas destiny is …show more content…
In his moment of rage where they begin to disagree as to why he should have to give up his newly won bridge, he begins to pull his sword out but is stopped by Minerva acting as a force of divine intervention. With that Achilles puts his sword back. In that instant, Juno is already coming to the aid of Achilles as this begins to establish her role in shaping his destiny. Later after Briseis is taken from Achilles and he weeps , Thetis, a god and Achilles 's mother, comes to console him. It is in that moment that we see Achilles destiny may not be all it is worth to be as she cries, “If only you could sit by your ships untroubled, not weeping,since indeed your lifetime is to be short, of no length. Now it has befallen that your life must be brief and bitter beyond all men 's. To a bad destiny I bore you in my chambers." As far as Thetis can tell, Achilles is set to face many hardships on his journey. Later, when Hector kills Preculatos and Achilles begins to exact his revenge, she warns him, "Then, my son, is your end near at hand- for your own death awaits you full soon after that of Hector." At this point, we see that Thetis sees death in Achilles future which highly contrast with the previous actions of the gods in their role of shaping Achilles destiny. In the end, with help of Zeus and many …show more content…
Juno sends a storm that kills many members of his crew because of a prophecy, which forewarns of him building the foundations to Rome. Then, after Aeneas’ death, his kin would eventually begin a war which would end in Carthrage’s fall. Just like Achilles, Aeneas also has a goddess for a mother, and she is Venus. During a meeting with Venus, she is concerned for the fate of her son, and she ask Jupiter will the Trojan’s make it to Italy. Jupiter replies to Venus and says, “No councils have revers 'd my firm decree And, lest new fears disturb thy happy state, Know, I have search 'd the mystic rolls of Fate: In Italy shall wage successful war,… This is his time prefix 'd.” Zeus, the god who is revered to hold fate, has decreed the fate of Aeneas making it to Italy. Already we can see that fate is sealed and that Aeneas will be victorious in the end, just as Achilles was prophesized by the gods to do, though the former would have a more linear route still faced with many difficulties. Both The Iliad and The Aeneids draw from the mythos and gods within their literature. They were both especially concerned with the active role of gods in human affairs seen apparent through their constant intervention with human life. In both stories we two protagonist bounded not only by fate, by but the gods as well. In the end we see how a two destined men are meant to have a major impact upon many

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