Destiny And Fate In Short Story : Fate And Destiny

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Fate and Destiny Literary Analysis Essay The founder of philosophy, Christina Carlina, once said, “fate is chance; destiny is choice.” You may have thought these two ideas were the same thing. However, they are distinctly different. Fate is what is meant to be set in the future, destiny is what you make it. The two short stories, “The Monkey’s Paw” and “The Doomed House of Atreus” are two very similar stories. But in what ways? Both of these stories are controlled by destiny, choices for an outcome in the future. In the story of the “Monkey’s Paw” about the White family, it is ruled by destiny. One reason why this story’s theme is destiny is because when the White Family was precisely told that the Monkey Paw would lead to great danger, they were still persistent on keeping it. Sergeant-Major Morris says, “I threw it on the fire. If you keep it, don't blame me for what happens. Pitch it on the fire again, like a sensible man (Jacobs 2).” This comment to Mr. White from Morris is a drastic statement. He clearly tells Mr. White of the great danger, but the White’s are too curious and are relentless. Another reason why “The Monkey’s Paw” is ruled by destiny is when the White’s receive the paw, and make their first wish. It is to be granted with two-hundred pounds (money). They are not very clear with their wish and with the ‘gift’ of two-hundred pounds comes their son’s death. The White’s greediness of money leads to their son’s death and when the second wish is made for him

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