Essay on Hera and Aphrodite

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Hera and Aphrodite. Two goddesses on two sides of the Trojan War. Both of them have their own personalities, and their own agendas. The two of them do have certain similarities. Both Hera and Aphrodite seem to believe in the cause they are fighting for. They do, however have very different ways about getting what they want. In The Illiad, both of these goddesses are on the opposing sides (as I stated before). Hera fights on the side of the Acheans, where Aphrodite has taken sides with the Trojans. According to Edith Hamilton, it all starts when King Peleus marries Thetis a sea nymph. All the gods are in attendance, except for Eris, who was for some reason not invited. Eris is angry and decides to create an argument during the…show more content…
Though seeing the way the gods act, I would say that this theory is very unlikely. Hera, on the other hand, is likely just pissed at Paris and Aphrodite and wants to see them both suffer, which is why she sides with and helps out the Achaeans. Now Hera, who is married to Zeus is on the side of the Greeks during the war. She is shown to be the jealous wife in the story. She never submits to Zeus, as a matter of fact, she is not unopposed to tricking him to get what she desires. The whole war might have stopped with the duel between Paris and Menaleus, had it not been for her. But she wanted nothing more than to see the city of Troy burnt to the ground and wouldn’t stop until that task was completed. She blatantly defies Zeus in front of the other gods and entices them to side with her in arguments against her husband. For these reasons are why I like to call her a “vindictive bitch”. One of the more memorable scenes in the poem is in Book 14 where Hera distracts Zeus while Posiedon helps the Achaeans make their attack. She receives a magic sash from Aphrodite that is filled with the powers of love and longing. She also elicits the aid of Sleep to put Zeus into a deep sleep after she distracts him with a sensuous act of lovemaking. She does this because Zeus wants no one to aid the Achaeans. But, Hera always seems to get what she wants. This scene is Hera’s “deception of Zeus and hence her triumph” (Berkert) She succeeds in making the father of the gods forget what
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