Essay on Fate Vs. Free Will

1038 Words Jan 30th, 2016 null Page
Fate versus free will is a common theme in Greek tragedies. In many cases a person who tries to avert their predestined fate will set the pieces in motion that will inevitably lead to that fate. Laius and Jocasta from Oedipus are examples of this. On the other hand, you have characters like Prometheus and Zeus, who knowingly put their own fates into motion.
In Prometheus Bound Zeus has ordered Hephaestus to bind the titan Prometheus to a rock as punishment for Prometheus giving fire and knowledge to mankind. While Prometheus is bound many of the gods and goddesses, including Zeus go to him in order to learn their futures. Prometheus tells Zeus that Zeus’ son will destroy him. Upon hearing this Zeus strikes Prometheus with a thunderbolt hurtling him into the abyss. In Prometheus Bound the question is not just about determining one’s responsibility for their own fate. In the story the characters seem to lean towards the idea of everything being fated. This is demonstrated by the gods and goddesses going to Prometheus to learn of their futures. This brings to mind two questions if Zeus is a god, how is he bound by fate. The blind seer Tiresias claims that “Even Zeus cannot escape fate.” (CITE). He obtained the position from killing his father Kronos and defeating the titans and cyclopes. So he realizes that his position is not secure and that anyone of his children could try to usurp the throne just as he has. Zeus secures his fate by punishing Prometheus as Prometheus…

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