Through the motifs of anger, revenge, and sorrow. Homer reveals the gods imperfections and emotions and how they reflect human characteristics.Is this a good thesis? Through the motifs of anger,...

Through the motifs of anger, revenge, and sorrow. Homer reveals the gods imperfections and emotions and how they reflect human characteristics.

Is this a good thesis?

Through the motifs of anger, revenge, and sorrow. Homer reveals the gods imperfections and emotions and how they reflect human characteristics.

My topic is: the gods and goddess can be read as expressions of human impulses.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The thesis is quite strong in its content and its application to Homer's work.  His depiction of the gods is akin to how one would view mortals, while some of his mortals (Hektor) might resemble immortality.  I think that the thesis statement is quite strong.  The word "motifs" strikes me as the one word that might be reconfigured.  It conjures up images that, at least in my mind, detract from the content- driven nature of the statement.  In replacing "motifs,"  I think a word which focuses on the the second half of the statement as opposed to the first might be the most desirable option.  For example, "Throughout the expression of anger, revenge, and sorrow..." might allow a greater sense of understanding to the thesis statement.

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a good thesis, but there are a few weaknesses that you need to consider. First, you should ask whether anyone would disagree with you? I think the answer is no one. Everyone already knows that the gods are anthropomorphic. Aphrodites even gets a cut in battle. So, I think you need to show the other side, that they are also divine.  A stronger thesis would say something like the following. "While everyone knows that the gods are portrayed in very human terms, even their divine actions and qualities are based on human characteristics." You can work on the language and make it more sophisticated.