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What characterizes the concept of fate How do liturgical literary and artistic creations deal with its presence Alongside technological scientific and artistic developments come different perceptions of mankinds own raison-dtre and the status of his existence The thought of a master puppeteer controlling each and every fibre of human life has entranced man since the incipience of civilization We have never looked back as our fascination and intoxication continues to amplify with the ebbing tune of fates every chord The potent motor that churns producing our thoughts and reasons for making the decisions that bring us through to our final destination is the basis of our fates Literature and art spanning centuries from Shakespeares renowned tragedies King Lear and Macbeth to Ivan Turgenevs masterpiece Fathers and Sons to the contemporary lyrical compositions of The Dave Mathews Band are redolent of mans vision of lifes purpose shifting while still echoing the tenets of fatalisms doctrine The belief and fear in the presence of witches ghosts hexes and other elements of the supernatural is rife during Elizabethan England The putative notion of a perceptible relationship between the macrocosm of the divine and the microcosm of man was gaining widespread acceptance William Shakespeare mirrors the credence of the English public in the concept providence while still delivering a distinctive comment on the unassailable forces of divine intervention throughout his distinguished canon of dramas In particular Shakespeares tragedies King Lear and Macbeth make a statement on the forces behind the actions of man Throughout these tragedies the concept of a thoroughly unjust brand of divine justice is raised King Lear a brutally sadistic play raises question over the presence of justice in this life Initially the various characters project a sentiment of ambivalence as there is equivocation over the notion of a global justice Edmund the illegitimate son of Gloucester points out the futility of rationalizing ones guilt by blaming the cruelty of heavenly forces in
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