The Argonautika: The Story of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece Themes

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Destiny vs. Free Will

In the story of The Voyage of the Argo, destiny or man's fate is represented by the plans and design of the gods. In Ancient Greece, man was privy, at times, to at least a hint of his destiny in the form of prophecy. King Pelias of the land of Hellas is alarmed when he hears about a prophecy that a man who is wearing only one shoe will enter his kingdom and ultimately lead to his own death. Jason, who had lost one of his shoes in the mud by the river, appears before the King. Pelias is fearful that this man will lead to his demise and sends Jason off on the hazard-filled quest to find the Golden Fleece. Although Pelias, like all the ancient Greeks, believed in the veracity of the prophecies, he chooses to fight his destiny by trying to defeat...

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