- 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.