Free Will, the Formation of Fate

Topics: Julius Caesar, Odyssey, A Tale of Two Cities Pages: 3 (906 words) Published: March 31, 2013
Tahreem Asad
Free Will, the Formation of Fate
People say that fate is unavoidable, but, through my personal experiences, it has come to my realization that one’s fate is in their own hands. A person’s actions determine their fate, which is why I believe that life is essentially defined by a person’s free will. An instance in my life, when my fate was being defined by my actions was when I moved from Jersey City to Erie. Since I did not approve of this move, my thoughts made me believe that what was about to happen was just life being unfair, in other words, my fate. Now I have come to understand that this move could have been avoidable; I was given a chance to stay, if only I would have improved my grades and gotten into the high school that my parents wished for me to go to. Alas, I did not take that situation seriously, and I paid the consequences by having to leave my hometown. In my situation, my free will defined my fate and this has been an evident theme in the literature that we have read this year, such as The Odyssey, A Tale of Two Cities, and Julius Caesar.               In The Odyssey, Odysseus’ journey is driven primarily by the actions he takes. His actions ultimately end up saving him from the fate that countless men have suffered from. Take for instance the scenario with Circe; she is the beautiful queen that tempts men and ultimately leads them to their demise. Unlike those men, Odysseus uses his free will to resist her temptations, “Circe, now make good a promise you gave me once— it’s time to help me home. My heart longs to be home, my comrades’ hearts as well” (Fagles 247). On the contrary, his actions also lead him astray from his end goal as well. When leaving the Cyclops’ cave, he is smart enough to trick the malicious monster, although as he is about to escape on his ship, he utters, “Cyclops—if any man on the face of the earth should ask you who blinded you, shamed you so—say Odysseus, raider of cities…” (Fagles 227). Odysseus gives the...
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