Fate And Fate In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Fate, many people believe in it, while others believe that it is completely untrue. There is an unstoppable force about fate, no matter what someone does fate will take its course. Throughout many stories a character's fate is illustrated at the end of the story, but sometimes their fate may have a positive or negative effect. In the epic poem Beowulf, the hero battles many enemies and at the same time discovering his destinies. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain must be able to meet his fate as he faces the Green Knight. In the tragedy Macbeth, Macbeth finds ways to try and alter his fate. Fate is portrayed in the epic poem Beowulf as he discovers his heroic destiny, in the epic poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as Gawain is…show more content…
After the incident with the Green Knight, Gawain must meet the Green knight to receive the blow from the knight. At the end of the poem, Gawain is tricked and must live the rest of his life ashamed because of his belief in a girdle that would protect him. Typically, heroes in stories feel a sense of destiny to go out and complete difficult conquests, "Why should I swerve from stern and strange destiny?" (3-7) . Gawain felt it was his destiny to take the Green Knight's challenge and from that he learns his unexpected fate. In addition, the play by William Shakespeare Macbeth depicts the theme of fate throughout the story. Macbeth encounters three witches in the story who call him a king, "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (1.2, 50), confused Macbeth believes in these sayings. Macbeth's fate was to be king, until he let his beliefs drive him mad. The witches then tell him that Macduff is a threat to him, "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff. Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough." (4.1, 73-74), he will do anything to protect himself. Fate has a role in Macbeth's death after he is killed by Macduff, the witches tell him that no man born of woman will harm him but little does he know that the witch's words were twisted. Throughout the play Macbeth believes in the power of fate but at the same time he starts to alter it himself, "Rather than so, come fate into the list, And champion me to th' utterance!" (3.1, 69-77).
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