Definition of Fate
In life, we face obstacles and challenges that leads us in many directions, but did everything turn out okay in the end? Is life supposed to revolve around coincidental happenings? Who is in control of our actions and what happens to them?
Many people believe in things happening for a reason, but do we control our own destiny? “Fate.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fate. Fate is the stages of events beyond a person’s control, more like a supernatural power. Control is having manageable control towards our behavior and course of events. Many people have different beliefs about fate versus control. Based on examining The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and “NPR Article: How I Met Your Mother” by Linda Holmes, all demonstrates fate. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green demonstrates fate by finding connections. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare demonstrates fate by becoming star-crossed lovers. “NPR Article: How I Met Your Mother” by Linda Holmes demonstrates fate because it is based around things working out no matter what happens. While many people believe in things happening for a reason without control, in reality, it is based on a challenging fate. Based on further examination of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and “NPR Article: How I Met Your Mother” by Linda Holmes.
Fate in Literature
“NPR Article: How I Met Your Mother” by Linda Holmes, demonstrates that the show’s platform is structured around the visualization of life. Life continues, that is how we have reached to the point where we are currently. Everything that happened since birth up until now, is all how we gained the amount of joy each individual has personally. How I Met Your Mother was a TV series that started in 2005 and ended in 2014. The American Sitcom, in the end, ended with everything turning out fine. The narrators goal and motive of the entire show was to demonstrate that everything will work out and it’s the small pieces that makes the big pieces happen. “How I Met Your Mother” is based on fate and the power of coincidence. The show is meant to end with everything working itself out and the power of coincidental happenings. Since the narrator based the show on that aspect, it is controlled fate. The narrator and producer came up with the idea of the mindset demonstrated in the show. The crew of the show were directed to act as if it was real fate and everything is going to be okay no matter what. In reality, it isn’t real fate. The producer and narrator had full control over the entire shows basis. The main point trying to be put across to audiences that were watching.
In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, fate is being controlled also. The play, Romeo and Juliet, is a fictional piece that consist of two young star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet is well known for the act upon true love. Many people are firm believers of true love and love at first sight and everything happening for a reason. By doing further research, Romeo and Juliet was a true story based on the life of two real-lovers who risked their lives for each other in Verona, Italy in 1303. This play that was written by William Shakespeare is true fate because it was based on a true story. Even though the play may not have covered all the happenings of the lives of the true couple that died, Shakespeare tried making it similar. Fate is demonstrated not controlled in this case due to the play being written based off a true story about a couple that died in the 1300’s. Romeo and Juliet demonstrates the meaning of fate because they are called “star-crossed lovers” for a reason. Star-crossed lovers mean “opposed by the stars”. The play proves that the couple is trapped by fate. It proves that no matter what the couple does, they will love each other unconditionally and whatever struggles they have, they will fulfill and overcome it through fate.
Fate in The Fault in Our Stars
The last source that I used to examine is the (From the Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Copyright 2012 by John Green. Reprinted by arrangement with Dutton Books, a member of Penguin Group Inc. Fault in Our Stars by John Green). The book and movie is based on a true story. The author of the book, John Green, was inspired to write the book because a real-life teenager named Esther Earl died of thyroid cancer in 2010 and was an inspiration towards Hazel, one of the main characters in the book. After his friend passed, he was inspired to write the book, and eventually the movie followed after. The love story is about Hazel and Augustus, who necessarily didn’t know each other at first until brought together at a support group. The support group was the start to a love story. The book demonstrates fate because neither Augustus or Hazel has control of their cancer. Both of them fell in love coincidentally due to them both having and battling through a sickness. John Green intended for the book to demonstrate a love story between them and it did, it allowed them to fall in love in the story coincidentally. They both attended the support group and had the opportunities to share out what was happening in that stage of their life. By connection and both of them having some type of cancer, they were able to create a friendship, and then a loving relationship with each other. Fate is represented well in the story. Based on personal examination of all three sources, a personal experience that was similar was me having faith in myself during the hard time of a surgery I had before freshman year.
In conclusion, although fate is very inspirational towards many people and very impactful, it is challenging in some situations. By examining The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and “NPR Article: How I Met Your Mother” by Linda Holmes, it caused a theme of challenging fate. In all resources, there were obstacles and challenges being faced in order to end the way they did. The resources used in order to make that point allowed audiences and readers to understand the main claim being fate is challenging but helpful. Throughout the essay, three main points were made which was based on three sources that uses fate within them. (“Fate.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fate.) Fate is the stages of events beyond a person’s control, more like a supernatural power. Although fate is expressed passed a person’s control, it can be challenging to live with certain situations that happens. In life, we face obstacles and challenges that leads us in many directions, but everything can turn out okay but there are going to be challenges made.