Due to Prometheus’ power of being able to see into the future, he chose to become allies and fight alongside Zeus, knowing he would win the great battle. When the Titans were all defeated, Zeus sentenced them all to Tartarus, a place known for its hell like state. While, Prometheus remained in Olympus with Zeus, he learned to create and flourish mankind; all until the day he stole fire from ... ... middle of paper ... ...ys he tricked Zeus in order to help flourish mankind with the means of fire. For this, he was punished and tortured, eventually meeting the ultimate mythological legend, the creation of Pandora, the evil to all men. Being the first women to walk among and live with the “mortal humans,” she was easily compared to the more contemporary Eve.
When Achilles says “don’t provoke me old man”, Achilles seems ever more violent. Why does Homer have to ensure violence upon every corner of the Iliad? Even the accord between Priam and Hector that Homers convinces the reader that they are both god-like and are of such power and honor. Even after killing man after man, the honor and the kleos remains. Violence, as seen in the movie Gladiator, is adored by the public and cheer for the death of the gladiator that cannot fight anymore whose fate is in the hands of the gladiator looking down upon them.
Even though Zeus is immortal and thought to be the figure of perfection, he still endows many flawed characteristics. He even goes as far as taking pleasure in the pain and agony Prometheus faces for sneaking behind Zeus’s back. I feel this points to how even Zeus isn’t perfect in nature for he often falls prey to the destructive human emotion: anger. Like his father, Dionysus is also quick to enact revenge on his enemies through vicious and bloody ways. In the tale of Pentheus, Dionysus gladly lets the King Pentheus be ripped to bloody shreds for mocking his divine ceremonies.
# The Trojans knew, respected and trusted in their deities. With this in mind, the killing of King Priam on the steps of the altar of his gods becomes more than just a death. Pyrrhus is not just slaughtering the king of a rival city, he is going out of his way to defile a holy place of their gods as and act of disgracing his foes. Because of this disregard for the gods, Pyrrus is shown to have little or bad character at this moment. The text describes Pyrrhus as "Burning for the death-stroke"# It would seem that there is no shred of human concern in this man.
When Zeus punishes Prometheus, justice is involved there because Prometheus gave humans the fire that lead to their disobedience and continued to support them even after they rejected Zeus. However, the punishment humans received was completely an act of revenge on Prometheus because the humans were ignorant and could not have helped that they became proud. Prometheus even fashioned them “resembling the high gods
The favoritism of Zeus allows Hector and the Trojan army to dismantle the Greek forces and consequently make significant progress in the war, until Hector’s helmet is hit by a spear and causes concern, almost causing a retreat. The imbalanced relationship of Zeus and Hera result in a Greek victory because of Hera’s ploys for Trojan failure. The corruption among the Gods, particularly Aphrodite, causes many mortals to be influenced either positively or negatively while fighting. Homer’s vision when creating this epic work was to praise the warriors over the Gods so he would change the common conception of the immortals in ancient Greece.
In the article “Stories of the Trojan War,” it talks about how the gods are raged by the disobedience of the mortals which caused uproar during the time (Peabody). One of the gods that seemed to have a raging authority was Poseidon, god of the sea. He made the journey of Odysseus very hard. For instance, Poseidon would make the sea’s rage, blew Odysseus and his crew off track, and last he strikes them with thunder. That ultimately destroys the crew; except for Odysseus who is left stranded until found by Calypso (Puchner).
Zeus also rewarded Hades, by making him the God of the Underworld, also known as the world of dead. Zeus was much respected and known in the human world, for raging storms and striking with his fearsome lightning and bringing death when he was mad. “O lord of the stormcloud, you who twirl the lightning, Zeus, Father, thunder Death to nothing!” (Sophocles 1045) The people used to pray to Zeus in their difficult moments, because they believed that the gods might save them from their despair, one of which was
The gods in power, like Zeus, exhibit bias, dishonor, betrayal, deception, and many other humanly characteristics. One memorable scene is when Zeus and Poseidon are in conflict with each other over the Achaens versus the Trojans. Zeus controls the battle by “lifting the famous runner Achilles’ glory higher,” (Homer 13: 404). Zeus plays both sides in this scene, acting like a double agent which is dishonorable. Zeus’s bias is prevalent throughout the poem; specifically, he is “bent on wiping out the Argives, down to the last man,” (Homer 12: 81-82).
For one, the Gods are worshipped for their ability to act because their power far exceeds the likes of mortals, but also for their achievements. For instance, Hector sends prayers to Zeus, hoping to rouse him into participating in the annihilation of Achaeans, as shown by the following passage: My hopes are rising now— I pray to Zeus and the great array of deathless gods that we will whip the Achaeans howling out of Troy and drive them off to death, those dogs of war the deadly fates drove here in their back ships!