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Fate in Medea

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  • Submitted: 26/03/2005
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Observation and Interpretation: Throughout the text, fate and the gods are blamed for the cause of the problems, however subsequent choices made later on by the characters appear to be free will, however are actually influenced by fate and the gods.

So what?: This makes the audience blame the gods for the overall out come, but still blame the main character for her choices.

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P48 l. 1014-1015 "The gods/ And my evil-hearted plots have led to this."

P39 l. 717 "What good luck chance has brought you."

P61 l. 1416-1419 "Many matters the gods bring to surprising ends./ The things we thought would happen do not happen;/ The unexpected God makes possible;/ And such is the conclusion of this story."

To an ancient Greek, fate was thought of as the power that determined all of our destinies, although a person could make choices along their life to change small outcomes, which was the extent of free will. In the play Medea, fate is used as a scapegoat to blame some of the problems happening to the characters, despite the fact that most of the characters had free will. In some instances

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