Fate and Tragedy

Fate and Tragedy

In the grand scheme of the world, all lives are interconnected. These interconnection results in one person’s actions affecting those of others no matter how unrelated the two might be. This is especially the case when a decision is made for someone else without their knowledge or consent. The object’s response to the decision might inevitably render it ineffective since they operate out of free will and will try to influence their circumstances and even fate itself. This paper looks at how failing to look at the grand scheme of things can create problems in people’s lives.

Oedipus is a victim of the actions of others. Fate is a funny thing. In looking to escape it, one usually meets it on the path he or she takes to avoid it. Oedipus’ parents started off a chain of events that sealed their fates in the oracle’s prophecy when they sought to kill their son to avert the future. Things could have probably taken a different course if they had left them as they were, “Was I not born evil?” (DiYanni 959). Had Oedipus been given the chance to make his choices in the matter, the prophecy would have been averted as he would have fled the right kingdom, “I had to fly” (DiYanni 959). Fate should be taken holistically like guidelines or a road map and not like a manual to reduce pain on others, “and in my banishment not even see my kindred not set foot in my country,” (DiYanni 959). Due to the high rate of interconnection of people’s lives, the course of destiny changes many times over with the only certainty in life being death, “Am I not utterly unclean?” (DiYanni 959).

At the beginning of their marriage, Nora and Torvald were struggling financially, and both had to get jobs to support their household. When her husband fell ill, Nora had to take up a secret loan to facilitate a trip to Italy where her husband would recuperate. To cover her husband’s pride and esteem, the dutiful Nora lied about the source of the money, “Very well. Now it is all over” (DiYanni 1105). She guarded this secret throughout their marriage. Her husband failed to consider the great love and devotion his wife had shown towards him. In his rage, he managed to tear her apart for all the beautiful things she had done. Not many women in her time or even today would do half of what she did and remain loyal and submissive to their husband. Torvald had managed to lose a good woman due to his ego and insensitivity, “I lay the keys here. The servants know about everything in the house- better than I do” (Diyanni 1105). He did not stop to consider the weight of the burden his wife had borne for all these years and the struggles she had had to go through to ensure that her debt was paid as secretly as it had been acquired prompting her to leave. For instance, he says  “Tomorrow, when I have started, Christina will come to pack up the things I brought with me from home. I will have them sent after me” (DiYanni 1105). I strongly believe her exit from her family was justified as it would save her children the sorrow of seeing their parents fall out of love.

Much like Oedipus’ tragedy where his parents did not give any regard to his wishes that led to tragedy so does Torvald’s obtuseness lead to the loss of his wife. Both Nora and Oedipus show great love and duty to their loved ones that cause them to take the steps they take to ensure their safety. Their loved ones, however, do not give them the benefit of making their decisions which lead to tragedy. Fate and destiny cannot be understood by looking at a single event in time; one should take into consideration a variety of scenarios to form an informed perspective and make sound judgments. Torvald focused on his wife taking out a secret debt forgetting the reason was to ensure his recovery. Oedipus’ parents discarded their son is not allowing him the chance to make up his mind and pave his path through life.


Works Cited

DiYanni, Robert. Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2004. Print.