The gods in the Iliad are described as having an 'easy life’. Although the human characters in the story are always in awe of their incredible power, the reader also gets to see the lives of the gods as rather trivial. Some scenes even feel like comic relief. The gods complain about minor injuries and fight amongst themselves. In one scene, Hera has sex with Zeus in order to get him to fall asleep, so she could help the Greeks behind his back.

Homer powerfully exploited the contrast between the easy life of the gods and the intense pain and suffering of man to heigthen the tragic fact that all human life must end.

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