Fate Essay

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Do we have any control?
Have you ever questioned yourself if the decisions you make have any major impact on your life? Many people believe that we have a purpose in life the moment we are born, while other like to believe that the decisions we make mold our own future. As we read different genres in class this semester one subject that seems to repeat itself in the theses genres is fate and destiny. This subject seems to be a popular to use throughout many centuries and nationalities. But I wonder why can’t fate or destiny can’t be in our own hands.        
Though both words seem to have the same meaning they are different in concept. Fate can be described as the universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed. While destiny can be described as the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events. In other word fate can be explained as in how you end up in the end and destiny can be where you end up in the end. These two idea have been used to a teaching tool for many generation but to me it seems to give justification if why someone’s life ended the way it did. In the beginning of the semester we read a collective amount of fictional short stories but two that have the same concept of fate and destiny was a parable named GodFather Death by Jakab and Wilhelm Grimm and a fable The Appointment in Samarra by W. Somerset Maugham.
Godfather Death was a parable written by two brothers in Germany in 1812 and got most of their stories by word of mouth by Hessian peasants.   Godfather Death is a story of a poor man who had twelve children, working day and night just to feed them, until the thirteenth child was born and he sought help. As he was walking on the main highway he meets the Lord, the Devil, and Death to be become the godfather of his thirteenth child.   The poor man chooses Death because he treats the rich and poor alike. The boy grows up and receives his christening gift from Death which is to...

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