Children are taught, “ If you are good you will go to heaven, if you are bad you will go to hell.” Heaven is where we all want to be, but how do we get there? Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” Starting with Adam and Eve, the fate of our lives is known to change through choices and decisions made because of free will. When it comes to fate there are two types of people, those who believe in fate and those who don’t. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth change their fate with their actions. In Emily Dickinson’s “Because I could not Stop for Death”, the narrator regrets her actions and wishes she could have changed her fate.
New historicist believe that the writing of history is merely an interpretation, not an absolute fact, other than the big facts we know such as who was president at the time or who won a certain battle. New historicist also believe that history is neither linear nor progressive. The reason for this is because while people can have goals history does not, and also defining what progression is changes from person to person. These theories can are also beliefs of cultural criticism; however, cultural criticism focuses more in political support of oppressed groups. Summary of the Short Story "Rocket Night" by Alexander Weinstein tells the story of Rose Hill 's Rocket Night through an unnamed narrator.
While some may argue that Romeo and Juliet’s personalities are responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, it is actually the mentors’ fault because of the encouraged marriage, the complicated plan, and thoughtless consequences. The mentors first go wrong when the Nurse and Friar set up a secret marriage for Romeo and Juliet. It is the Nurse, who tells Juliet that in the cell “Stays a husband to make [her] a wife”(II.vi.69). With the help of the Friar and the Nurse, they are able to set up a time and a place for the secret marriage. Rather being true mentors and guiding them, they are allowing this quick marriage to happen.
As author Isaac Bashevis Singer once said, “We must believe in free will, we have no choice” (Brainy Quote). While many philosophers do not believe in free will, most, like Singer, acknowledge its necessity for moral accountability, or “the [status of] a moral agent [being] blameworthy or praiseworthy for some particular action” (Eshleman). However, Vonnegut illustrates his beliefs that people have the capacity to change their perceptions and are morally obligated to do so. In Kurt Vonnegut’s antiwar novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, becomes “unstuck in time” as he revisits his traumatic World War II experiences. Vonnegut’s war experiences are similar, but his reactions are different.
. . ‘[she is] the only one so joined in love with him’” (568-570). Haemon and Antigone are to be married, but the wedding would be forever called off if Creon chooses to pursue his plans of death. Creon must think about how his actions will affect those who surround him, including the people of Thebes.
Questions such as “What if it be a poison, which the friar/ Subtly hath minister'd to have me dead/… [and] How if, when I am laid into the tomb/ I wake before the time that Romeo/ Come to redeem me?” (4. 3. 25-26, 31-33) filled Juliet's mind. Her blind concurrence with Friar despite her fears weakened her relationship with Romeo as the plan did go
Ironically, unlike the previous three plays, this one ended happily and without any casualties. The main event that led to the actions in this play was the fact that Orestes came to Argos to carry out what prophesized to do which was to avenge his father and kill his mother, Clytemnestra. A common theme in these last two plays has been prophecy and the power of the gods had over humans during that time period. If Apollo did not prophesize for Orestes to kill his mother the actions in this play would have been very different. Although most believe that fate is fate and Clytemnestra would have died, either way, the Gods wanted the event to happen one way and the humans during that time had no choice but to obey.
Last, Friar Laurence played a huge role in the lovers’ death by uniting Romeo and Juliet and forming a plan to keep them together, hoping to end the feud between the two families. For instance, after the death of Mercutio and Tybalt, Friar was still unaware of the consequences of Romeo and Juliet 's marriage. Instead, he continued his effort in uniting the lovers. The plan he concocted for uniting them was perilous and ill- conceived. He decided to fake Juliet 's death in order to help her out of her bind and unite her with Romeo in Mantua.
Free will is something that we, as people living in a judeo-christian and capitalistic society, seemingly depend on for purpose, but throughout much of history, the concept was viewed through a quite different lense. In The Oedipus Cycle by Sophocles, despite all of the efforts of Oedipus to avoid his fate, the king of Thebes is not able to avoid the inevitable, due to circumstances out of his control. Considered in a more simplistic light during Sophocles’ time, with the role of the gods playing an much more significant role in people 's thought processes, many preeminent philosophers, such as Sam Harris, are now taking this point of view, but then adding science and excluding religion. While this topic is still quite controversial even today, by delving into both the science behind free will and also the text of The Oedipus Cycle, the conclusion that the concept of free will is a false narrative is not as implausible. First and foremost, the science behind free will is essential in the understanding of people’s decision making.
Juliet was instructed to drink a potion to send her into a coma to be mistaken as dead, then be taken to a morgue, and finally she would escape from Verona with Romeo. Friar gave Juliet a choice and she had decided to stick with the plan, “Upon a rapier’s point, stay, Tybalt stay!/ Romeo, Romeo, Romeo, I drink to thee” (IV.iii.57-58). She could have rejected the offer and prevented Romeo’s despair. The plan fails because Romeo had not received the letter so he had thought she was gone. This leads to him committing suicide and Juliet following in his footsteps.
He is special because he wants change and does not just live with what he has. Harrison and Equality both crave a different and fair lifestyle no matter what the cost it. Although "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and Anthem by Ayn Rand are both dystopian pieces whose protagonist are incredibly similar. Both Harrison and Equality were equally defiant and refused live by the rules that everyone is supposed to live by. They live with this mentality because they have a special thinking process and want more than the dull lives they live.
Jefferson did not help wright the Constitution directly, because he was out of the country. He very frequently talked to the people writing it and voiced his option on what he thought needed to happen. Also at first Jefferson did not support the Constitution, but over time and after a few changes he stated to support it. I feel that both men brought good points of view on how they thought that America should be ran. Although I believe in Hamilton points of views more than Jefferson’s I think that the people of America have done a good job on using both men’s point of views to make that best country
Although there are a few things I feel very strongly about I don 't think I would go to the extent of dying for the idea. If I did feel strongly about a topic I would definitely try to fight for the idea that I believed, but if death were to be brought to the table I would probably just back down unless I was 110% into the idea that my stance would do something good. In history, there have been plenty of people that died for their ideas. The first that comes to my mind would be Nathan Hale. The idea he fought for was the freedom of his country.
There were many people who had caused Romeo and Juliet’s death, but Friar Lawrence had caused most of the problems Friar Lawrence finds out about Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other, but does not tell the two families about this. If he had told the families, maybe Romeo and Juliet could have been able to date because both of the Lords are wise and might have consider letting them get married to end the feud. However, if the families disapproved of Romeo and
No one knows Karma actually exists, or it is superstition. Many people do not believe such invisible mysterious power, but in the world, unconvincing things actually exist. These happenings are complexly intertwined each other and hand over to the next generation. Struggling with trick of fortune, people are learning important life lessons and gradually mature as a human being. Pulitzer-winning author Junot Diaz introduced these unexplained mysterious cycle in his novel, “This Is How You Lose Her”; it brings up some controversial issues.