The Involvement By The Gods

888 WordsJun 1, 20154 Pages
The involvement by the gods simply begins with Aphrodite. Though the gods do not determine fate, they work alongside the fates and have the ability to act against them. Zeus tells Thetis, who has convinced him to aid her son Achilles to attain revenge against Agamemnon, “I’ll say yes to you by nodding my head, / The ultimate pledge. Unambiguous, / irreversible, and absolutely fulfilled, / Whatever I say yes to with a nod of my head” (Lombardo 1.556-559). And despite Hera’s reluctance, Zeus speaks to a Dream: Go, deadly Dream, along the Greek ships Until you come to the hut of Agamemnon, And deliver this message to him exactly: Order him to arm his long-haired Greeks. Now is his time to capture Troy. The Olympian gods are no longer divided; Hera has bent them all to her will And targeted the Trojans for pain (Lombardo 2.12-19). The role of Thetis in the Iliad, is mostly untold. However, the power of Thetis is dynamic as she takes on the role of the protector and is shaped by the perspective of its hero’s, Achilles’s, response to conflict. The book’s presentation of Thetis is a minor deity who is overcome by grief and hopelessness as a result of the vulnerability in the face of her son’s mortality. Achilles invokes the power of his mother to obtain Zeus’s favor rather than Athena or Hera, who are pro-Greek during the conflict. Thetis’s power of Zeus lies in her maternal and protective power, by which she alters the conflict of the war (Slatkin 58). Achilles, and his shield, is

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