About the Scholar: Yumeng Li grew up in China and attended Beijing National Day School in Beijing, China
The influence of fate and the gods in The Iliad has led scholars to claim that the actions of the characters were essentially pointless if the perception of their fate deprives the story’s heroes of full autonomy. “Characters who can think, talk, act, and react should be more than puppets.” Heroism in the ancient Greek mythology involves “the pursuit of eternal fame and glory through brave death.” Yimeng examines the actions of three of the main characters and concludes that they do exercise agency in how they either choose to face their fated deaths or to try to avoid them.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.