Study Guide

Fates Sightings

Sightings

Dec 20, 2019

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

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.

 

Dec 20, 2019

The Metamorphoses by Ovid

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

Dec 20, 2019

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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?

Dec 20, 1982

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

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.

Dec 20, 1997

Hercules

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

Dec 20, 2019

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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

 

Dec 20, 2019

God of War II

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