• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How much of ones life is governed by fate?

Extracts from this document...


HOW MUCH OF ONES LIFE IS GOVERNED BY FATE? In times of Greek Mythology, it was believed that there were gods for the elements and feelings. It was also believed that their lives were governed by these gods and in more particular the Fates. The fates were three goddesses who determined a human's life and their destiny. These fates were believed apparition to each person at birth and would sign of good and evil, the extent on the good or evil was then determined by the human's own way. In Oedipus, when he is born, his father hears the news of what is to come from the fates and then tries to kill his son to prevent the horrific things happening, so really, Oedipus' life was fully governed by fate, from his birth right to his demise. ...read more.


For them their lives were fully governed by fate and the gods, humans were just a shell for the things that the gods had to dish out and play around with. Examples of this can be seen in the old mythical movies. We have the videos Hercules and Jason and The Argonauts. In "Jason and the Argonauts" Zeus (king of gods) and the other gods watch over Jason as he makes his journey for the Golden Fleece. On his voyage, they come across all obstacles, which the gods have put against him, and situations, which the gods helped him out of. These movies helped to give an insight on how it was back then and the way the gods and humans worked with each other. In our lives now, we believe in our religions but do not let It rule our lives either. ...read more.


In English, I am studying King Lear. I think that this also shows and example of fate. In the story, King Lear is faced with tragedy after tragedy and this is due to a disturbance in the ladder of life. In the era of Elizabethan Cosmology it was believed that everything had its place and hierarchy and it was supposed to stay that way or else dire things would happen. In this, it is already fated and known that if the ladder was rearranged that bad things would happen. In conclusion, I believe that fate does play a small part in peoples lives, but the belief of it playing a major role in our everyday life for everything we say and do, is no longer adhered to. To me, the amount of fate in a person's life is as much as the person is willing to let it be. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Classics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Classics essays

  1. To what extent is Oedipus responsible for his own fate?

    It conforms completely to his way of looking at things. This solution is the idea that we are all controlled by fate. Everything is controlled by fate. In Oedipus, if we were to accept this way of looking at things, we would come to the conclusion that the entire Athenian world is one giant chess game.

  2. Compare and Contrast the Characters of Agamemnon and Jason. Which Do You Think is ...

    If there were any good intentions of Jason, he then loses any chance of Medea genuinely agreeing and calming down when he says that he can "ensure (his) prosperity by "joining (their) two families". This shows that he is prepared to use his family in order to preserve his comfort and wealth, and indicates that Jason can be selfish.

  1. The Waterways to Freedom.

    Odysseus and Hermes, who is wearing "ambrosial, golden" (3) sandals, which signifies his divine godly position, both possess brilliant godlike features, but differ in that Odysseus is a man of the mortal world while Hermes is immortal. However, although Odysseus and Hermes share common characteristics, in this passage, Odysseus is

  2. Jason behaves so badly that it is impossible for us to sympathise with his ...

    Medea's mind is set on killing her children, the chorus directs their sympathy more towards the children as they beg Medea not to murder them, the sympathy for Jason being more ambiguous - 'Medea, by your knees, / By every pledge or appeal we beseech you, / Do not slaughter you children!'.

  1. Cinderella - play script

    Now surely I'll need a side of ham, and lots of beef fillets Some marbelized steak, a rack of lamb and veal to raise to braise. Limburger, swiss, and gourmandine Cheddar, gryere, and blue Chunks of swiss in barrels, please make sure that its holey too!

  2. How do the makers of The Simpsons use a simple cartoon format to combine ...

    He hears the bell, and leaves the class-bursting out the front doors of the school, and flying gleefully past the flagpole which demonstrates his reluctance to stay in school a minute longer than he has to. Next we see Homer Simpson who on hearing the quitting whistle, hastily removes his

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work