How Fate and Free Will Play a Part in the Odyssey

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How Fate and Free Will Play a Part in The Odyssey

Fate and free will are epic subjects in life. When we cannot control something we blame it on fate, but we try to change the way things are with our free will. Fate is something unknown that determines what will happen. It may seem like a coincidence or may feel like an omen, but it is something no person controls for oneself. Fate, to some, may be in the hands of a higher power such as gods or God. For others fate is merely something that happened they were unable to control. Fate can be looked at like a book for every person. In it are all the events that are going to happen in your life. However you use free will to maneuver through these planned events. Free will is something
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He tricks the Cyclops and stabs him in the eye with an olive tree,, and tells him that his name is Nohbdy. It was fate that brought him to Circe 's island, but in this case it was quite a good thing. He used his knowledge to save his men from her magic, and cleverly had her swear that he would not play any tricks. He is there for a couple of years and before leaving is told of the dangers awaiting him, and what he must do to make it home alive. He learns he must first go to the underworld and see Tiresias, who will give him instructions about returning home. Then Odysseus must get past the Sirens and Scylla. He follows Circe 's instructions and puts beeswax in the mens ' ears and has them tie him to the mast, so they will not be lured to there deaths by the Sirens. However he does not follow her orders to flee from Scylla. Instead he wished to try fight. This is an example of him using his free will instead of choosing the fate that possibly Circe has already prepared. In this instance it turns out for the worst and he loses all his men. Fate is something we have no control over. It can be what determines the death of a child or marriage of a couple. Fate is very controversial. If everything that happens is planned ahead it contradicts many things, one being religion. If it was fate that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit then the original sin would not be the fault of man, but of God for he would be the one who made Adam and Eve do it. It is something no one can
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