The Tragedy Of Odysseus And The Odyssey

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People in ancient Greece, like many modern religious individuals, blame their misfortune on their gods. Unlike modern theology, though, Greeks also have Fate to blame. The gods and Fates both work together and against each other to control human lives in Greek literature. The Fates’ prophecies set outlines for human lives, like when they survive, who they kill, and how they die. The gods have the power to effect all other aspects of human lives. Humans can, in some ways, reject the attention of the gods. In The Odyssey, Odysseus deals with all three in order to return home. The cause of Odysseus’ decade long journey home from Troy cannot be narrowed down to one entity; instead, it is caused by a complex combination of the gods’ meddling, the fate’s predictions, and humans’ free will. The Fates, gods, and humans in The Odyssey each have a certain role in Odysseus’ problems. In ancient Greece, the Fates are three immortal women who spun every humans’ future. Their prophecies were unavoidable and gods were not allowed to interfere, although they may have the power to. Instead, the gods delay or quicken the Fates’ decisions. They set events into motion, prevent something from happening, or even effect other deities’ actions to change mortal’s lives. Humans, however, seem to have more power over their lives than the gods. They can accept or reject the deities help and even affect the gods’ actions. They are trapped by their destiny, though; every decision they make is in
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