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Using The Story of the Odyssy and the myth of Promethus to Explain Mans Movement against fate Mans movement against fate Since the dawn of time men have always wondered what their fate is They have consulted gypsies prophets clergymembers fortune-tellers and psychics to find their fortunes If their fate is bad they tend to avoid it at all costs Mans movement against fate is especially obvious in the world of literature and plays Homers Odyssey and the oft translated Greek myths of the gods Zeus and Poseidon are three pieces of literature where flagrant examples of men moving from their fate exist In these stories the people or spirits that tell the character what will happen are almost always right These prophets were ghosts gods and mortals who knew the fate of the characters These stories all have characters who tried to avoid their ill fate Homers Odyssey had many scenes in it where the hero Odysseys must ask people he and his party have met if they know about the region he is in and where he should go next The news these helpful people give is usually never good so clever Odysseys is always trying to concoct a keen plan to cheat death and continue along his journey A classic example of this is when Odysseys tried to change the route of his journey that fate had dealt him He steered his ship through the very gates of Hell to try to ask where he should go next Then spirits like his mother his shipmate Elpenor the warriors Ajax and Achilles and the famous prophet Teiresias all appear to reveal his fate to him They say he will travel through a strait past an island of the Siren sisters and then through another strait between the rocky dwellings of Scylla and Charybdis These dangers seem too risky for poor Odysseys so he simply changes his course to bypass these not
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