I need help writing an essay on the following topic: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves".   I need help writing an essay on the following topic: “It is not in the...

I need help writing an essay on the following topic: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves".


I need help writing an essay on the following topic: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves".

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James Kelley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous poster's comments are good. If you need more vocabulary or theoretical guidance as you write the essay, though, I recommend that you look up the following terms: external locus of control and internal locus of control.

The terms are currently used by counselors, psychologists, and other people in the helping professions to talk about how people understand their own role (if they have one) in shaping their lives. If you do a little reading in these terms, you'll see that most successful and happy people have an internal locus of control. People who have an external locus of control, by contrast, tend to feel trapped and helpless in their lives; if they're poor (or otherwise in an oppressed group), for example, they blame all of their woes on the oppressive system. If they apply for a job and don't get it, for example, they may say that employment is always about "who you know" (that's an easier way to take rejection, actually; blame other people rather than take a look at what you can do to improve your eligibility). Oppression is real, of course, and not everyone is handed the same opportunities in life, but people with an external locus of control usually don't search for opportunities or seize them in the same way that people with an internal locus of control do.

The link that I've given below talks about locus of control and student success rates. You'll find all sorts of other, meaningful discussions of these terms on the internet. Good luck!

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We cannot write essays for you on this site, but we can hopefully help you think of how to write the essay on your own.

With this topic, I think what you need to think about is how much you believe this statement.  Do you think that our lives (or maybe your life in particular) is in your own hands or do you think that there is some outside force that causes things to happen in your life?

I think you should think about your own life and you should try to give examples of how you think either A) that you have control of what happens to you or B) that "fate" has a more important role in what happens to you.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

So do you believe in fate or in your own effort to shape your future?  These are both common philosophies.  You just have to determine whether or not you think your future is already mapped out for you whether it is in the stars or the will of God(s), or if you believe it is entirely up to you and your own skill and wit to prosper.  Then defend this idea with a few reasons why you believe that.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The idea has everything to do with taking personal responsibility for circumstances. We find ourselves in the position we are in, not because of luck, cosmology, fortune or misfortune, but because of our willingness to act, because of our actions and our personalities.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
You can focus on self-determination. How does hard work contribute to success? Find three points to make about this, and focus your essay around it. You can include examples from your own life to prove your point with each of your three points.
habibullah | Student

In Modern day, fate is not much more than a synonym for the future but to the characters of the Iliad; it was the overwhelming force of their lives. The story of the Iliad is in short about the Trojan War and how the Greeks finally conquer the city of Troy. Most individuals who have never read even an ounce of Greek literature know exactly how this story ends. Fate, to the characters of the Iliad is very similar to this common knowledge, the outcome has already been decided and even though the facts in the middle are still uncertain, the result is not. The Gods and Goddesses in the Iliad stood as the religion of that time. Worshipped for their greatness and feared for their power.

But in some instances Zeus, the almighty ruler of Mount Olympus, who had control over what happened on earth would not completely alter fate. In today's world of vastly expanding science and technology a vast amount of people have separated themselves from religion which is a strong advocate in Fate. People have found other explanations for how the world was created and many theories have been thrown around about how the world will end. As the age of technology replaces some of our older traditions such

as religion, fewer people believe in predeterm