Formal paper 1 - Alex Fafara 10/18/11 Section 01 Fate: An...

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Alex Fafara 10/18/11 Section 01 Fate: An Unstoppable Truth Fate is a word often used in society today to show that an event must have been tailored by God to be a wonderful occurrence in someone’s life . If two people meet by chance, and fall madly in love, then one might say, “They were destined to meet . It must have been fate!” Or if a family is looking for a new house to move into after someone gets a promotion, and all of the houses they put an offer on fall through except for one, then, “It must have been fate! This was always meant to be our house!” However, in the culture of the ancient Greeks, ‘fate’ had a different meaning . In Greek culture, Fate is an unavoidable, predetermined future . Everything in existence, mortal or godly, has its own fate . Although one’s fate was usually unknown, it could be found out through prophecy or using special gifts . In Prometheus Bound, the fates of many things are predicted . Using this text I plan to reinforce the meaning of ‘fate’ in Greek culture, and show how the prediction of one’s fate will make it come true . In Prometheus Bound , Prometheus tells the chorus, the daughters of Ocean, of what led him to being chained to the rock at the opening of the play . He mentions that, “The gods broke into factions, … some wanted to unseat old Kronos!” (p .39). Prometheus, himself being a titan, originally sides with Kronos and the titans . However, his mother Themis predicts, “the war is won not by brute force but by cunning, as fate
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would have it” (p .40). This is a prediction of the future, something already decided by
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course COMP LIT 244 taught by Professor Elizabethbrunazzi during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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Formal paper 1 - Alex Fafara 10/18/11 Section 01 Fate: An...

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