In Homer’s writing, he focuses his characterizations to represent what makes people “good people”. While this focus isn’t unusual for thinkers of Homer’s time, Homer’s perspective on what makes people good is. Homer believes that being a good person is out of one’s control.

Homer argues that being a good person is something you are born into. He writes that it depedns on the family you are born into, the amount of money you have or even just the circumstances you were born into. This idea directly conflicts with how I view being a good person. Being a good person is a decision to be the best you can be and transform your life into a situation where you can be successful at being your best. Your virtue cannot be determined by what you are born into.

Homer’s ideals argue that the social aspect of a person which one is born into is equally a part of one’s virtue as the aspects which are in one’s control. This ideal not only conflicts with how other thinkers of Homer’s time saw virtue, but also with the way I see virtue.