Fate : The True Agent

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Fate: The True Agent at Work in the Iliad
Fate has a huge effect on the lives of people all over the world; whether it is determining who we meet, where we go, or the type of person we end up becoming, it is fair to assume that the future intrigues people. Sure, people are faced with choices and can make decisions that have a heavy bearing on their reality for the future, but many people like to believe that fate is the ultimate determining force in their life. Though their actions may slightly alter the results of one’s life, it is believed that fate will always find a way to thrive. Fate suggests lack of control, while its’ counter agency suggests control over destiny. Homer’s Iliad is an epic poem illustrating the plight of humanity at a trying time between the Trojans and the Greeks. At the poem’s heart is a masterful depiction of the Greek gods, and their role in the war as agents who consistently battle between acting on either their own free will or step back and allow fate to take over. Homer’s portrayal of the gods and their agency in Book 16 on pages 427 and 428 depend mainly on appeals to glory or shame, hyperbolic phrases to show the intensity of Zeus’ desire to act on his own impulse, and diction of possession in order to draw the question of whether or not the Zeus is an agent of his own free will or if fate has the heavier hand. At this instance in the Trojan War, Patroclus and Sarpedon are at battle. Patroclus is Achilles best friend, who is basically…
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