Gods and mortals fought a brutal war for what they thought was right and to get back at past evils. The actions inspired by vengeance and justice in Homer’s Iliad shows how detrimental the effects can be on others. The Justice seeked by warlike Menelaus causes pain and suffering to many on all sides of the war. Paris by abducting Helen hurt Menelaus’s pride, “Menelaus had in mind taking revenge on the man who’d injured him” (Homer, Iliad 3. 26-27).
Writers like Edwards and Bradstreet both wrote about God and the impact although they had different notions; from them having different points of view of how God felt, to the way they wrote and made their readers feel throughout their writings. In the early time there were believers of a powerful God, although they thought God was powerful they saw different points of view towards God’s emotions. Bradstreet thought of God as a helpful, kind, and powerful being, Edwards on the other hand saw god as a powerful, harsh, and strict being. To show Bradstreet’s view of God in her last stanza of “upon the burning of our house, july 10th 1666” she states “ A price so vast as in unknown.. Yet be his gift is made thee own; there’s wealth enough, I need no more..”.
The book puts everyone on an equal playing field, which makes the book applicable for believers as well. It helped encouraged me, and helped me out in ways in which I can explain grace in the gospel to others. The special features in which I noticed were the simple illustrations. They are simple enough in a way where I would feel comfortable using them to explain parts of the Bible in a children’s ministry situation. Spurgeon from the beginning of the book until the end, puts the reader into the story, and wants to bring all into a relationship with
Because they favor and choose sides, the gods are intensifying the entire war altogether, influencing characters to act a certain way in hopes of tipping the scales. However, this divine intervention causes conflict amongst the gods themselves as well. As said before, the gods are seen to be picking sides: Athena and Hera with the Greeks; Apollo and Ares with the Trojans. With each god siding with different men, there emerges a war between the gods themselves, reflecting that in the mortal world. The gods are aware about this rift and tension amongst each other as well.
However, Hector from the Iliad would argue that war offered a way for someone to forge their legacy. Through the experiences of the main characters, Homer and Turner trace the perception of war, from a necessary source of honor, to an event with no redeeming qualities. Ultimately, the shift from seeing war as a necessary source of honor to something with no redeemable qualities reflect society’s treatment of soldiers. In the Iliad, legacy was what drove the men to keep on fighting. In Greek society, timé and kleos were two concepts that were prized.
Many of the gods made Aeneas fate to reach Italy difficult. At the beginning Juno tells Aeolus: “Aeolus, by order of the Father of Gods and Men You calm the waves or provoke them with wind.” Aeolus created the winds that affected Aeneas and his crew because they needed to stop at Libya. The Trojans would have sunk if it no have been for Neptune who calmed the seas. The goddess of marriage also forced poor Queen Dido to fall in love with Aeneas. As a result, it made Aeneas stay until Mercury reminded him of his fate.
How strong is your faith in God? Do you struggle with your belief in God? Since the life and death of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, many multitudes of people and ethnicities have had an internal conflict with their faith and belief in God. The story of Signs focuses on Graham Hess, with his two children Bo and Morgan Hess, and brother Merrill Hess. At this point in his life, Graham has experienced a major tragedy which shakes and weakens his faith and belief in God.
Every person on this earth wrestles with sin and makes mistakes, but many have a hard time dealing with it. This is why in his book The Confessions, Saint Augustine shares his life with us, filled with mistakes and failure, so that we can relate with him. St. Augustine wrote this book to teach future generations to avoid the mistakes he made and to persuade the readers to turn to God. Augustine began writing this book in 397 A.D, as a mature man reflecting on his younger years, in order to influence readers his age. “Augustine took up his pen to write this book in 397, when he was aged 43”(7).
One example that helps lead up to Brutus’s betrayal of Caesar in the play is “ Why are they shouting? “I’m afraid the people have made Caesar their king (Brutus)… I have to assume you don’t want him to be king.(Cassius)... I don’t, Cassius, though I love Caesar very much… If it’s for the good of all Romans, I’d do it even if it meant my death. Brutus(1.2.85-89. ).” This quote shows that Brutus is considering betraying his best friend.
Paton continually mentioned the importance of faith in this book and what it meant to each of the characters present. One of the main ideas in this novel was the journey Kumalo took in order to overcome the challenges he had faced. The obstacles he was presented with included finding his daughter and his son. When he had found his son, Absalom, he was in a time of hardships and looked to God for answers. Therefore, Kumalo and Absalom were two characters who were strongly impacted by faith and their relationships with God, which allowed them both to forgive and ask for forgiveness.