“Fate’s Puppetry,” is a Project by Kenneth Meyerson about The Odyssey; by Homer. This project was designed to provide a better understanding of the powerful role fate in the world and how humans seem to be subject to fate. Within the story of The Odyssey, the gods are unaffected by fate and are witnesses to it. Some gods are actively trying to aid mankind who is subject to fate; however, the god’s aid is often futile. What is fate and how does fate affect human life? Moreover, what effect do the gods have upon human fate? Fate is defined in multiple dictionaries as the force or principle believed to predetermine events, a consequence or final result of an action taken, or inevitable death. In the context of this paper, fate is the outline
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The suitors choice to come to Penelope and feed off her husband’s labor was theirs to make, and if they had considered his return or possible return they may not have died. However, what control humans have over their fate is easily squandered by folly, greed and impracticality. The suitors are given fair warning by the gods above when Zeus sets two eagles upon the gathered suitors, killing several in their midst. The suitors are correctly scared, as they recognize the deaths as signs from the gods. Furthermore, the old man (Halitherses, son of Mastor) reinforces this warning by calling out to the crowd, “Hear me, Ithakans!/…I hope to open the suitors’ eyes…” and delivers a message of death and dishonor to them (II. 170-1). However, Son of Polybos, Eurmakhos calls out and denounces the godly sign and old man’s interpretation and advocates that the suitors return to gluttony and greed. If the Suitors had heeded the warning and not been swayed by Eurmakhos, they would not have died at the hands of Odysseus. Within the outline of the suitor’s lives, their active choice in this scene later results in their grisly and dishonorable deaths.
Zeus comments upon humans and their fate in the first book of The Odyssey when he says, “[Mankind’s] afflictions come from us, we hear./And what of their own Failings? Greed and folly/Double the suffering in the lot of man.” (I. 49-51). The gods as immortal beings are not subject