Essay On Unavoidable Fate

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Unavoidable Fate
Great tales live forever; they continue to be passed down from generation to generation. These tales have the ability to take a person to another place, different era, and bring powerful feelings to the reader. When looking at two great tales, “The Tale of Sohrab” from the Shahnameh, and Oedipus Tyrannus, fate is a theme that can be found between the two. The main characters in these two tales are very powerful individuals, Knight Rostam from Shahnameh, and King Oedipus from the Oedipus Tryannus. For both Rostam, and Oedipus their power, and stature meant nothing when it came to their fate, that could not be altered regardless of how they tried to change their circumstances. From the beginning of both tales, there is
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Love for my father led me here to die” (Ferdowsi 5.7).
Rostam, of course, was devastated that his hands had killed his noble son. There was no undoing what he had done, so Rostam was left to deal with his fate. Oedipus thought that he ran away from his fate, but in all reality he unknowingly did exactly what he was trying to avoid. Fate, had him kill his father Laius, and bear children with his mother. He stated “What evil could there ever be, that could surpass the fate of Oedipus?” (Meineck and Woodruff 2.10). After he knew what he had done, he wished his own death because of the pain that he put everybody through (2.10). Regardless, of what they wished their fates to be, no amount of royalty, fame or power could erase the anguish, and sadness they were feeling. Both tales, share a common theme of fate, though they are from a different era, and based on different scenes. Rostam, and Oedipus could not change or outrun what fate had in store for them. Both were powerful leaders, that had everything they wanted or desired, but fate proved to be something that they could not escape. These tales are prime examples of how fate will happen, and there is no way of controlling

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