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 Hridoy Das
In this world, women are often denied power and respect. Back in the day, women did not have the right to vote, to own property, and they did not have the right to educate themselves. However, in the poem "The Iliad" by Homer, women have strong characters and strong roles. The women were goddesses and they had the power to make unbelievable things, believable. There’re three women who have that power - Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera.
In the “Iliad”, there was a war between Greeks and Trojans. This war was the effect of stealing a woman named Helen. Helen was the most beautiful girl on earth during her time. She was the wife of Menelaus. Helen was stolen by Paris. Paris was Greek and Helen was Trojan.
This conflict started the war between Greeks and Trojans. In this war a women named Aphrodite got involved. She is the goddess of love. She got involved because she tried to save her son Aeneas from a great Greek warrior named Diomedes. But, she couldn’t save her son from Diomedes. Also Diomedes hurt her on the wrist with his spear. According to the text a woman came to save a man which was not normal during this time. In another part of the “Iliad”, the mighty Zeus who is the lord of all gods ordered the gods and goddesses not to participate in the war of mortals. He promised a severe punishment if anyone disobeyed him. But two brave women named Athena and Hera tried to ignore Zeus although they knew that they will be punished. Athena is the goddess of wisdom and Hera is the goddess of Marriage, and Childbirth. In addition, Hera was the wife of Zeus. This effort shows that women played a very strong role in the “Iliad”.
However, women also play important roles in real life. An example is a woman named Sojourner Truth. Sojourner Truth played a very important role during the 18th century. She helped to end slavery and spoke of equal rights and power of women. She is known for her famous speech “Ain't I a Woman". In this speech she spoke about Eve from the bible and how she influenced a man (Adam). She also spoke about Mary giving birth without a man (The Immaculate Conception). This speech inspired women and later other women played a very important role in getting women the right to vote.
In conclusion, women have come a long way. Today, women have the right to vote, to own property, to work, and they have the right to educate themselves. I believe women deserve the same power and respect as man because they have the ability to do think and reason the same as men.
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