Does anyone know the roles of the wives of the lliad?

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For the most part, I think that the role of the wives in the Iliad is to explore the domestic realm and to expose the pull of the personal in the collision between desire and duty.  Homer's conception of tragedy as one that features protagonists in the midst of equally desirable, but ultimately incompatible courses of action is brought out in many of the women's roles in the Iliad . For example, Helen represents this end...

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