How does the narrative point of view shape the readers’ perspective of religion in the Iliad by Homer?

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This is a really interesting question.  I think that Homer's point of view in the telling of the Iliad brings out some fascinating elements about the nature of how one perceives the divine.  The style of narration brings out the idea that the gods act similarly to mortals.  The narrative point of view does not glorify the gods and make them greater than what they are.  Their envy, vanity, jealously, and partisanship are on view for all to witness, elements the define human beings' successes or failures, life or death. At the same time, the narration depicts in an equally blunt manner the heroism of mortals, and how, on some levels, they are closer to what "the divine" should be.  I have always felt that Hektor is a fine example of this.  He is shown to be almost "more than human, nearly divine.  Coming out through the narrative style, it helps to bring to light one of the most underrated aspects of the work in how it configures humans and gods.

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