Fight on Isla de Muerta 17
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"The Quartermaster sees things before they happen. He has foreseen my death, and so the fates have spoken. The threads of destiny woven."
"You have a ridiculously high regard for fate, mate."
"And you?"
"Me? I'm skeptical of predicting any future...which includes me.
Blackbeard and Jack Sparrow[src]

Fate or destiny was a predetermined course of events. It may be conceived as a predetermined future, whether in general or of an individual. It was a concept based on the belief that there is a fixed natural order to the cosmos.

Although often used interchangeably, the words "fate" and "destiny" have distinct connotations.

  • Traditional usage defines fate as a power or agency that predetermines and orders the course of events. Fate defines events as ordered or "inevitable" and unavoidable. Classical and European mythology features three goddesses dispensing fate, known as Moirai in Greek mythology, as Parcae in Roman mythology, and as Norns in Norse mythology. They determine the events of the world through the mystic spinning of threads that represent individual human fates.
  • Destiny is used with regard to the finality of events as they have worked themselves out; and to that same sense of "destination", projected into the future to become the flow of events as they will work themselves out.

In other words, "fate" relates to events of the future and present of an individual and in cases in literature unalterable, whereas "destiny" relates to the probable future. Fate implies no choice, but with destiny the entity participates in achieving an outcome that is directly related to itself. Participation happens willfully.


"You are a desperate man. You are the one who hopes to get married. But your fate is to be married to this ship."
"I choose my own fate."
"Then it wouldn't be fate, would it?
Davy Jones and Will Turner[src]

While playing Liar's Dice aboard the Flying Dutchman, Davy Jones once warned Will Turner that his fate was to be married to the Dutchman; despite Will saying he chose his own fate, Jones denied his claim by saying it wouldn't be fate.[1] Jones' words came true when Will stabbed his heart and took his place as captain of the Dutchman.[2] Following his first meeting with his wife Elizabeth and son Henry after ten years of captaining the Dutchman, Will Turner surrendered to his fate, accepting the fact that he was bound to the ship for all eternity, eventually ordering Henry to forget him.[3] The infamous pirate Blackbeard was said to have a high regard for fate, most notably after learning of a prophecy of his own death made by his zombie quartermaster who could divine the future.[4] During the Quest for the Trident of Poseidon, when the Black Pearl ended up beached on the shores of Black rock island, Carina Smyth thought it was a cruel trick of fate to arrive to her destination but not find what she was looking for.[5]



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