You’ve put your blood, sweat, and tears into preparing yourself for this very moment, but does that guarantee the victory? As Lisa See states in her novel, The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, “You make choices that are good and sound, but the gods have other plans for you.” This quote implies that even though you may do all the right things so that you can obtain a certain outcome, a greater force may have something better or worse in store for you, therefore giving you a different result. This idea of fate versus free will can be visible throughout many pieces of literature as wells as the lives of any individual. Notably in my life and the Jon Krakauer’s novel, Into Thin Air, the concept of making a certain decision that could potentially change the rest of your life is clearly illustrated.
To begin with, in my life, I have had to make some rather tough decisions. One decision that changed my life the most drastically was when I had to choose between my different groups of friends. Near the end of my eighth grade year it became time to choose courses to take for my freshman yea...
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- The book Into Thin Air, written by Jon Krakauer, explores the struggle of man versus man and man versus nature. The very different personalities proved costly to everyone involved on the expedition. The team of climbers that were hiking toward the summit of Mt. Everest on May 10, 1996, was oblivious to what lay ahead of them. No matter how advanced the hikers were, Everest on this day would test the will and endurance of everyone attempting to reach the summit. The one element that no one person could elude was pain.... [tags: Into Thin Air, Jon Krauker]
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- In the novel Into Thin Air, the author Jon Krakauer shows us two characters who have some similarities, yet are markedly different. Rob Hall and Scott Fischer are both world renowned mountain climbers as well as the leaders and head guides of their own mountain climbing enterprises. Each employ the respect of his peers, yet here is where the similarities end. With differences in their physical stature, climbing styles, and safety concerns, it would seem that one was destined to succeed and other to fail.... [tags: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer]
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- Oedipus the King: Free Will or Fate. A common debate that still rages today is whether we as a species have free will or if some divine source, some call it fate, controls our destiny. The same debate applies to Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus. Does Oedipus control his actions, or are they predetermined by the gods. It’s that question that makes Oedipus a classic, and many different people think many different things. With all the oracles and talk of prophecies, its obvious that there is some divine intervention in Oedipus.... [tags: Destiny, Fate, Free Will, Free Choice]
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- Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer On May 10, 1996, nine people perished on Mt. Everest. Jon Krakauer, a writer from Outside magazine, was there to witness the events and soon after write the book, Into Thin Air, chronicling the disaster. Jon Krakauer is not only the writer and narrator of Into Thin Air but is also one of the main characters. Originally Outside Magazine planned to send Krakauer to Everest in order for him to write a story for the magazine. The climb was completely financed by the magazine with one of the leading Everest guide groups led by Rob Hall, an elite climber.... [tags: Thin Air Krakauer]
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- Fate has sundry meanings. One of the meanings of fate: power that predetermines events. Destiny’s definition suggests that events will occur and do not change. Whatever unravels in life cannot change by mankind. The statement has undivulged meanings; fate has the opportunity to change if the person wants events to end differently. However, wrong decisions will only seal fate. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, The fate becomes confirmed through Lady Macbeth wanting more power, Macbeth’s inner conflict, and the three witches tricking Macbeth and leading him to his demise.... [tags: Theme of Fate and Free Will]
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- When discussing the fate of Aeneas, a thought provoking question is posed that is commonly debated. If Aeneas is commanded by fate, does he have free will. It is important to approach this question with a solid understand of fate. There are two common sides to the debate of whether Aeneas had free will or not. One view believes Aeneas had no choice but to follow his destiny because he was commanded by fate, and prophesied to found the race that will one day build Rome. The other side states Aeneas did indeed have free will, and even though his fate was set, room is available within his fate for events to change.... [tags: trojans, puppet of fate, obedience]
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- Oedipus Free Will and Fate Have you ever been told that you would kill your father and marry your mother because that what Oedipus Rex was told by prophecy. In this play called Oedipus Rex, Sophocles uses his play to show the theme of free will versus fate. This play explores what is a Oedipus free will and fate and how much a this prophecy controls him. Also how can prophecy be prevented and how it affects Oedipus family. It is known that Oedipus will fulfill the prophecy of “Apollo said through his prophet that I was man who should marry his own mother, shed his father blood” LL.(945-447) but what isn’t known is how him or Jocasta will react and finding if the prophecy is infact true.... [tags: family, prophecy, fate]
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- You Must Read This Book My initial reaction to the words “You’re next book you will be reading is Into Thin Air” was definitely not me jumping up and down in my seat out of joy. I’ll admit I was not looking forward to reading this book at all. I tried putting off reading it for as long as possible, but then realized that I should just try reading the first chapter. After reading the first chapter I was completely hooked and I couldn’t get enough of the book. Jon Krakauer does a phenomenal job at keeping the reader engaged with what is happening throughout the book.... [tags: you must read this book]
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- How Fate Disappointed in Macbeth How forceful was fate in the venerable Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth. Did it deprive either of the Macbeths of their ability to choose. This essay intends to answer these and other fate-related questions. In his critical volume, Macbeth: a Guide to the Play, H. R. Coursen explains the concept of Fate within the play: Macbeth's tragedy is not that he decides to kill Duncan but that he cannot become independent. Even if a weaker agency than God, he would be his own, himself alone.... [tags: Macbeth Destiny Fate Free Will Choice]
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- Fate Webster defines fate as a “ a power thought to control all events and impossible to resist” “a persons destiny.” This would imply that fate has an over whelming power over the mind. This thing called fate is able to control a person and that person has no ability to change it. Its been proven time and time again that the human mind can over come any obstacle. An asset to the mind is a persons will. With the combination of a person’s mind and their will to decide their own destiny this thing called fate can be over come.... [tags: Fate Destiny Essays]
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