Fortune in Classical Literature: An Analysis Introduction Comparing the idea of fortune in â€œThe Consolation of Philosophyâ€œ, in Theban plays such as â€œOedipus the Kingâ€œ, and in the â€œBook of Jobâ€ indicates that all of these classical texts present fortune as something that cannot be escaped or avoided. Boethius, Sophocles, and Job all emphasize that divinity controls the fortunes of all human beings and of the universe itself. We must accept what happens to us, reject the idea that we can control our own destiny, and submit ourselves to divine will. The Role of Fortune When Boethius wrote â€œThe Consolation of Philosophyâ€ while in prison waiting to be executed, his own experiences with fortune directly shaped how he presented...The end:
.....ipus the Kingâ€ reveals that fortune is beyond our control. Boethius, Sophocles, and Job all present the common theme that divinity controls the fortunes of all human beings and of the universe itself. We must accept fortune, for it is not something we can escape or avoid, it is something that we must face and acknowledge as divine will. Sources Boethius. (2011). â€œThe Consolation of Philosophy.â€ Beck.org. Online. Available: http://www.san.beck.org/Boethius1.html. 6 December 2011. Sophocles. (2011). â€œOedipus the King.â€ Viu.ca. Online. Available: http:// records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/sophocles/oedipustheking.htm. 6 December 2011. â€œThe Book of Job.â€ (2006). EBible.org. Online. Available: http://ebible. org/kjv/Job.htm. 6 December 2011.