Fate Vs. Free Will

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Ancient Greek Mythology has one side on fate vs free will. They feel as though you have no ultimate choice and fate will always be your destiny. However, that does not mean everyone follows their destined path until death. In Homer’s The Iliad, fate and destiny as the final outcomes of a person’s life, however, at some points you wonder if a person’s destiny falls directly in the decisions made by someone. Hektor and Achilles both had choices, but ultimately believed they must follow their destiny. In Beowulf, fate generally pulls out in the deciding factor of one’s destiny. It is fate that makes the legend he is. He goes through every challenge knowing that fate will be on his side. However, he showed free-will when he decided to help out Grendel. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, free-will was shown on a few occasions including Sir Gawain stepping up to play the game with the Green Knight. He decided his life was not more important than King Arthur. The Green Knight showed free-will by not killing Sir Gawain when he was supposed to. Le Morte d’Arthur began driven by fate. Arthur was fated to become king when he pulled that sword from the rock. Hamlet on the other hand does not accept his own fate and wants to make his own decisions on life. In the Duchess of Malfi, the Duchess breaks her fate path to be with someone she loved. Ferdinand, on the other hand, was born being stuck with fate do to something wrong with his brain that made him crazy. While some people believe…

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