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Fates Sightings

  • Oedipus the King by Sophocles 430BC

    This is pretty much the play about fate; though the Fates don't appear in the flesh, their threads are sewn all throughout this most tragic of tragedies.

  • The Metamorphoses by Ovid 2

    The sisters of fate make a cameo to prophesy the death of Meleager in Ovid's epic poem. Spoiler alert, ladies!

  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare 1606

    Are the witchy Weird Sisters who prophesy Macbeth's rise and fall really the Fates in disguise? If not, they sure are a whole lot like them.

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    For some reason, only two knitting women pop up to symbolically represent the three sisters in this famous book. What's that all about?

  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende 1982

    The destiny-deciding Mora sisters in this novel are a whole lot like the Moirae gals—in more than just their names.

  • With a Tangled Skein by Piers Anthony

    A woman named Niobe is selected to become an incarnation of Fate in this fantasy novel.

  • Hercules 1997

    The Moirae turn up to belt out some tunes in this Disney-fied version of the life of Heracles.

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2005

    In this novel (beloved by Shmoop), the three sisters appear as old ladies knitting socks. Seems pretty tame!

  • God of War II 2007

    In this bloody video game, The Fates meet their own fate at the hands of the vicious Kratos. Ah, irony.