Gods and Goddesses in "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Gods and Goddesses in "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey"
An analysis of the role of the Greek deities in Homer's "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey".
# 33213 | 1,400 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 30, 2003 in Literature (Greek and Roman) , English (Analysis)


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This paper reviews the multi-faceted role of gods and goddesses in Homer's "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey". The paper analyzes the Greek deities not only as religious figures, but also as sites of complex psychological, historical, and cultural discourse. In this manner, the paper demonstrates how the deities play a key role in the texts by engaging the reader in a discourse on human free will, by providing a site of creativity and female empowerment and by reflecting abstract ideas within specific contexts.

From the Paper:

"The Gods and Goddesses were, to the Greeks, were much mor than deities to be feared or appealed to. Instead, the Gods and Goddesses played a key role in acting as religious figures, recreating politico-religious history, and documenting human psychology (Graves 27). In fact, the survival of Greek myth to this day is attributed to its adaptability and its multiplicity of purpose. According to critics, Greek myth survived for cultural reasons, insofar as it "validated the daily lives of the people who created and maintained it, but irradiated their imaginations...myths offered precedents for, and examples of, everything...character and incidents of myth were not so multifarious that they were not so much lateral to life as the continuum of life itself, and every variety of human experience and behavior seemed to be contained in them" (Graves 12). Nor was Greek myth restrained to popular storytelling; as Graves notes, Greek myth "dominated 'high' artistic endeavor of every kind..literature depended almost entirely on myth for themes, structures and instances, to the point where writers were judged not only for felicity of style but for the 'spin' the put on familiar material; original invention was not admired" (Graves 12)."

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