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Throughout history fate vs free will has been debated over and over Do we really have control over our lives or are there higher beings controlling our lives When we look at Greek Mythology we often run into the gods of that era Sometimes they are merely backdrops to the human element of the story but in The Odyssey the gods play a prominent if not vital role to the central themes of the story We must ask ourselves if Odysseus was ruled by his own whims or if he was ruled by fate this paper aims to open up possibilities and reveal that anything is possible I would like to believe that there is something great out there and that fate and free will coexist harmoniously this I believe is the happy medium between fate and free will Fate has a place in the Greek world but its place is not the same as it is in other scenarios or worlds It is important to understand the word before we discuss it Fate as far as Greek mythology goes is not just fate By most standards fate means that things occur for an unknown reason that no one has any control over However in the world of Greek Mythology fate does not just happen The gods engineer fate and they interfere to make things happen that might not otherwise have happened Since the players do not always know of the gods involvement things may actually appear to be fate but in reality be engineered happenings Sometimes what they gods make happen is for the best of the person or people involved but other times the gods just want to watch the mortals struggle and see how they get themselves out of certain situations In The Odyssey it is clear that Zeus is just sitting back watching things unfold It is only after Zeus daughter Athena involves herself when Odysseus begins his journey home
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