In Ms. Ramjan's 2nd period class students were asked to discuss in an essay the role of women in the poem "The Iliad."
By Emilie Prignal
What is the role of women in "The Iliad"?
In life, women are often denied the ability to rule. However, in "The Iliad" by Homer, women are given strong female characters and men do not dominate the text. In my family, my mother controls everything and is not ruled by a man. This shows how in life, women sometimes dominates over man and have power.
In "The Iliad", women who have strong female characters are Aphrodite, Athena and Hera. Secondary characters such as Helen and Eris created chaos. Aphrodite tried to save her son Aeneas, reversing the role of men saving women. Diomedes is a great warrior. He prayed to Athena for the power of being to tell apart men from god. This shows that Diomedes respects Athena, and Athena is the one with the power. Helen is a strong secondary female character, because the Iliad is based on her leaving her husband Menelaus (brother of Agamemnon) for Paris (prince of Troy). This act began a war between the Achaeans and the Trojans. Finally Hera went against her husband Zeus. This shows that in "The Iliad", women are given strong female characters, and men do not dominate the work.
In my family, my mother controls everything. She is not ruled by a man. Everyone in the family respects her and approves her decision. If anyone does not agree to one of her decisions, this person can only make suggestions. She has all the power and can do whatever she wants. However, she does not abuse this power. This shows how a woman is dominating and where men are powerless.
In conclusion, although women are often denied the ability to rule, many women are given power. My mother rules the family without any man’s help. "The Iliad" shows how women have strong female characters and are given the ability to rule. Hera went against her husband. Aphrodite saved her son Aeneas, reversing the role of men saving women. Eris caused chaos between Aphrodite, Hera and Athena. Helen caused chaos between the Achaeans and the Trojans.
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