Essay On Fate In The Lottery In Babylon

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By looking closer into human life, one can see how fate can play a significant part in how their life is run. Although some people believe that our destiny is in our own hands, I believe that some, if not all parts of our life are pre-determined. In “The Lottery in Babylon,” Luis Borges portrays how fate has an inevitable role in the world through, how the population themselves take actions that will later take control of their lives, the unstoppable growth of the Company, and by the lottery that people are forced to play in. By taking a step back, and actually thinking about the many facets of our life, it becomes clear that fate plays a much bigger role then we would expect. Constantly desiring more, people take actions that leave the …show more content…
Starting off, the Company developed as the lottery grew. Eventually it “accepted total power” and slowly, but surely took over control. It had a great deal of influence over the population, and people had different perceptions on the Company. Borges is ultimately asking the question of whether there is something higher up that has control over us. The Company can be viewed differently person to person, but to me it seems as if it represents God the best. Many people question the existence of God, but there is no doubt that this topic has for centuries and centuries stumped the many great minds this world has had. Whether you believe in God or not us up to you, but there is one thing that is repeated over and over. God is looking down upon you, and ultimately he has the power to change your fate, and rule your life. In the context of the “Lottery in Babylon,” the Company plays a role similar to the common conception of God. This is that the Company ultimately has control of your life, and it can make your life better or worse. People in life who believe in God often base their lives around his existence. Their morals might be based on what God, or their religious text says, rather than their own logical and rational brain. As religion and God have gained popularity over the centuries, this idea of morals lying in God’s …show more content…
The lottery demanded that “every free man participate,” and this is when any chance of living a normal life was gone for generations to come. In our lives chance plays an inevitable role in our lives. From the day we are born, many aspects of our life have been pre-determined and are out of our hands. Some of these include one’s genetics, and the environment and state of the economy we are raised in. A more extreme example is the caste system, which was more predominantly used in the past. Right when you were born, you already had your life laid out in front of you, based primarily off your parents. There was little chance to build your own life, and you were stuck in an unfortunate situation. Correspondingly, in Babylon your life was also very much pre-determined and unchangeable. Since everyone was forced to play in the lottery, one could argue that from the day you were born your fate was already concluded. There was nothing a person could do to change the results of the lottery, and it was

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