Calabasas High School Interaction of Fate and Free Will in Ancient & Medieval Tragedies Paper

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Consider the discussion that began our year and choose one side of the argument to prove its effects on the literature studied. How are the storylines and characters controlled by fate or free will? Examine all characters’ actions that led to their conclusions; was it fate or free will that dictated where they ended up? What impact might fate or free will have upon the society or times in which the stories were written? Choose 3 pieces of literature with textual evidence to support your claim.

Only to use from these Sources: The illiad, Oedipus The King, Hamlet, and Persepolis

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WRITING PROMPT: What is the role that fate and free will play in the literature read in PopLit this year? Consider the discussion that began our year and choose one side of the argument to prove its effects on the literature studied. How are the storylines and characters controlled by fate or free will? Examine all characters’ actions that led to their conclusions; was it fate or free will that dictated where they ended up? What impact might fate or free will have upon the society or times in which the stories were written? Choose 3 pieces of literature with textual evidence to support your claim. Oedipus the King Iliad Persepolis Hamlet Outside Reading Books Instructions: 3 1. Choose pieces of literature to examine.. 2. Write a concise essay to include: a. Introduction Paragraph i. Make sure to mention the title of all literature (plays, novels) in italics = Hamlet, Iliad, Oedipus the King ii. Mention all authors’ full names (William Shakespeare is a playwright) iii. When mentioning character names, do not italicize = Oedipus, Hamlet b. Body Paragraphs with supporting quotes .To parenthetically cite the line numbers used in Shakespeare’s work, list as follows in parenthesis: (Ham. act.scene.line). i.Ex: Hamlet wrestles with his inability to act upon his father’s murder, as he contemplates “How all occasions do inform against [him] and spur [his] dull revenge” (Ham. 4.4.34-35). c. Conclusion paragraph 3. Follow MLA guidelines . MLA Heading a. 12 point font b. Ariel or Times New Roman font style c. Double spaced d. Centered original title e. Page numbering f. Works Cited Page with all three pieces of literature you used. Example & Tips g. Consult OWL Purdue for more help and sample essay format 4. Remain objective; no first person (I, me, my, us, ours, we). Not opinion essay 5. Argument Outline found here Find the Rubric for Grading the Essay here Final exam essay is 40 pts. In Aeries, which makes it 10% of the semester grade. Do not consult the internet for help. These ideas must come solely from your own amazing mind! Do not consult your peers. *Any plagiarism or cheating will result in a ‘0’ on the essay for all parties involved.* Please remember that I know your writing style and can detect when the writing is not your own. Additionally, Turnitin.com easily detects similarities to all web sources and the student repository of writing assignments.
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The Interaction of Fate and Free Will in Ancient and Medieval Tragedies- Outline
Thesis Statement: Although fate plays a huge role in tragedy, especially based on Ancient
Greece, the actions of the characters eventually lead to the outcomes hence presenting the
importance of moral decisions in averting tragedy.
I. Introduction
II. Oedipus
A. Absolute control by the gods
B. Decisions aiding fate
III. Iliad
A. Prophesy and fate of Troy
B. Hubris and rage of Achilles
IV. Hamlet
A. Belief in fate
B. Free will in decision-making
V. Conclusion


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The Interaction of Fate and Free Will in Ancient and Medieval Tragedies
Many works of literature present philosophical themes and dilemmas connected to
determinism and freedom. In Greek mythology, the gods control the fate of humans. The level of
control the gods have is debatable and the one major flaw is that the gods are not perfect, often
experiencing emotions similar to those of humans. Homer’s The Iliad presents an example of
ancient Greek tragedy with the role of the gods in creating the fate of the heroes. Similarly,
Sophocles’ Oedipus the King also presents the interaction between fate and free will in the tragic
death of the main characters. Beyond Ancient Greek tragedies, one of the greatest medieval
playwrights, William Shakespeare, also integrates the theme of fa...


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