Definition essay Fate
Throughout the whole Iliad poem there is a deep sense that everything that will come to pass is fated to happen. Homer keeps talking about how the will of Zeus moves toward its end. Generally In the lives of men, the gods in the Iliad are powerful enough to act as fate. Gods and goddesses would use fate as an excuse to fulfill their desires or justifying their action for an example they wouldn’t and they would intervene in a war because they their reasoning would be its “Fate” mortals are fated to die a certain way. Hera protested when Zeus wanted to pull his Son Sarpedon out of the fight because fate was being cruel to him. “Dread majesty, son of Cronus what are you saying? A man, a mere mortal, his doom sealed long ago? You’d set him free from all the pains of death?” (16.523-525).As powerful as Zeus claimed to be even he could not change the fate of his son Sarpedon his fate was decided long ago. “My cruel fate my Sarpedon , the man I love the most my own son doomed to die at the hands of Menoetius’ son Patroclus. My heart is torn in two as I try to weigh all this” (16.515-519).
Zeus and the other gods/goddess also talks about how they don’t have control over fate. “A mere mortal whose fate was sealed long ago? You’d set him free from all the pains of death?” (16.523-526). Achilles seems to have some control or choice in his fate, when Thetis tells Achilles that he has a choice to either return home and live long life , or die a glorious death fighting at Troy. Achilles seems to have some control or choice in his fate. The way homer portrays it is like Achilles fate is already known it’s already chosen, could be that Achilles can control his own fate since he was given a chance to make a choice of his fate. When Achilles decided to fight it however became unclear was it fate or that was his free will.
Homer also defines fate as the ruler of lives in the Iliad. No matter how talented a solder could be or determined in the end it is fate, which decides ones life’s direction. Throughout the Iliad Homer goes into detail with the effect of fate on the lives of mortals and immortal. In Homer Iliad homer illustrates this view of fate’s control in the character of Hector. Hector is a good example his fate was already decided, he was faithful to the gods when the Trojans were losing, he tried to make sacrifices to a goddess Athena but his effort were not effective. Athena refused to accept his sacrifices, and the Trojans lost the war. With this example or this incident that happened to hector homer indicates that dedication or being faithful to the gods would not changes ones fate. When the battle against the Achaean’s began to turn against the Trojans, all the other Trojans that were in the battle retreated, but Hector remained in the battle field to fight Achilles. Despite his effort and dedication to the gods, not even one Trojan remained on the battle field to fight with him. The Trojans realized that dying on the battle field was hectors fate. Homer again had showed how even faithfulness to the gods could not change a man’s fate. As Achilles neared, Hektor saw that he was no match for Achilles and at first he ran. Hektor’s skills as a warrior were no longer enough, because his fate had led him to a warrior greater than he. Achilles, not only had the support of Apollo, but also was impervious to injury everywhere except his heel. Most of all though, Achilles had a singular focus on the goal he meant to accomplish, revenge on Hektor. Finally, Hektor turned and faced Achilles, knowing there was no hope of escaping the fate that he now realized had been allotted to him. In Hektor’s death his fate was realized. Homer’s view of fate is still popular in…