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Free Will In The Iliad

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In the Iliad, Zeus has a meeting with the Gods because he realizes that the Greeks will destroy the Trojans before the fated time unless the Gods intervene. The Gods formed two camps. Apollo gives Aeneas courage to fight Achilles by pretending to be Lycaon. Aeneas is worried that Achilles has all the Gods on his side but, Apollo, in the form of Lycaon, tells him that he should have the Gods on his side because after all his mom is Aphrodite. Aeneas decides to fight Achilles, and Hera wants to protect Achilles so he doesn’t die before his fated time. The two men prepare to fight, and Aeneas says fighting is more important than giving each other insults. They start the fight by throwing spears, and eventually Aeneas picks up a rock to defend himself against Achilles. Poseidon decides to interfere because Aeneas and his decedents are destined to live. Hera says for Poseidon to do what he wants, but tells him she would not save Aeneas. Poseidon puts mist
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One proof of the influence of fate is when Hera says, “though afterward he shall suffer whatever fate spun for him with the thread of his life on the day his mother bore him.” Achilles’ fate was decided before he could make any of his own life choices. Another way human’s free will is checked is by God intervention. Throughout this section of the Iliad, various Gods intervene in human affairs. Apollo wanted Aeneas to fight Achilles, so he took the form of Priam’s Son Lycaon to convince him. Free will in the Illiad is not presented as a desirable characteristic because it could contract a person’s fate. The Gods have to interfere to make sure humans are staying on track. Poseidon said, “It is surely already decreed that Aeneas shall outlive the war,” so he had to intervene to make sure Aeneas wouldn’t be killed by
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