Good Will Hunting is an American classic written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The film, starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck; follows a 20-year-old South Boston laborer named Will Hunting. Although Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius, finds trouble after assaulting an officer the incident leads Hunting to a deferred prosecution. Hunting then becomes a client of a therapist (Robin Williams) and studies mathematics with a renowned professor (Stellan Skarsgard). By result of the therapy sessions, Will evaluates and revaluates the relationships with his best friend, girlfriend, and himself. Through this Will confronts his past and begins thinking about his future.
Chaos in the streets of Verona erupt again. A day after a fight with the Capulet and Montague family, Tybalt kills Mercutio. Soon after, Romeo kills Tybalt for revenge. Is this controlled by fate, or by the character’s free will? In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, the use of free will throughout the play would give Romeo and Juliet a one way ticket to their deaths. Their “fate” was determined by events that could have been prevented by some people’s decisions. Romeo and Juliet led towards the path of death because of their own choices! Times in the play when the characters use their free will include Tybalt’s decision to fight Mercutio, the Prince ordering Romeo to be banished (instead of being executed), and, Juliet’s decision to disobey her parents to marry Romeo.
The Norse word “wyrd”, which translates to fate, is applied to The Tragedy of Macbeth through the symbolic Weird Sisters. This definitions contradicts William Shakespeare’s and the Renaissance humanist’s beliefs in free will as opposed to fate. Shakespeare regarded free will as a human guarantee, but to what degree this freedom was utilized determines the fate of the individual. Despite the Weird Sisters’ prophecies and influence, Macbeth is in control of his fate throughout the drama. Evidence from the characters in Macbeth demonstrate Shakespeare’s belief that human beings have free will to choose their actions, but these decisions become their fate, and they often lead to their downfalls.
Was it fate or free will that killed Romeo and Juliet? In the prologue of this play, Shakespeare refers to Romeo and Juliet as “A pair of star-cross'd lovers.” Star crossed lovers are people whose love is destined to end in tragedy. Free will is when people are able to make their own decisions and have consequences based off their decisions instead of predetermined consequences. Fate was definitely the reason for Romeo and Juliet’s tragic deaths because of the unexplainable coincidences, uncharacterized choices, and conscious decisions that all lead to the same inescapable outcome.
Since the beginning of time, people have debated about whether we make our own choices or if we live out a predetermined life. In literary works, the idea of fate being the reason for a character’s actions leads to empathy toward him/her. Free-will, however, makes the character responsible for his/her actions. In many literary cases, fate seems to be the reason for everything. In the epic poem Beowulf, Grendel is a murderous monster that terrorizes the people of Herot. Some may believe Grendel goes on his rampages because it’s what monsters do; however, there are numerous pieces of evidence suggesting that Grendel chooses his own actions.
In the novel Slaughterhouse-Five the author begins with a struggle of remembrance of the things that were experienced while in Dresden but soon finds a way to explain through the eyes of Billy Pilgrim. Billy is introduced and recalls his time in Dresden much of which he spent abducted by aliens known as Tralfamadorians, the Tralfamadorians are described as having plunger bodies and have eyes that are in the palm of their hands. Along with having a physical difference from humans they also have different ways of how their society runs and their philosophical views. The input of the Tralfamadorians is a way for the author to question the idea of whether free will exists or not and challenges the idea for humans. The idea of free will is used
For centuries, there has been lots debate on whether or not there is such thing as fate or free will. To this day, people are trying to decide if one’s life is already laid out for him/her and that if no matter what he/she does that it will still unfold in a preset way, in which that they cannot change, or if one has free will and the ability to completely change his/her life. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth, is not doomed by fate, but by free will. In particular, Shakespeare’s Macbeth demonstrates that it is not fate that determines one 's life as it is one 's flaws and choices. This is illustrated through Macbeth himself, who, first, makes the choice of not listening to his conscience, which continuously
For centuries, many people have debated and grappled with the idea of fate versus free will. Is a person’s life controlled by fate or is a person entirely responsible for their actions and subsequent consequences? American Professor Randy Pausch describes the relationship between fate and free will well when he writes, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game”. In the tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it appears as though Macbeth’s fate is predetermined from the beginning, however, it is his actions that determine how he reaches his destiny. Although Macbeth feels as though he falls victim to fate, the real reasons behind his pain are because of the choices he makes throughout
Will starts out believing that his family he’s known since he could remember was his family. Once he gets information
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Do you think Romeo and Juliet was a result of fate or freewill? Romeo and Juliet came together by fate.
Martin Luther, in his attack on free will, rejects the idea as an imagined fallacy. He argues there is no free will, that it is essentially a justification for sin, or rather, free will can do nothing besides sin. Antithetically, in his defense of free will, Erasmus questions that if doing good or evil is a matter of necessity what purpose does praise or condemnation serve? He cites biblical scripture in his support “’If you love me, keep my commandments’ [John 14:15]” further asserting “[h]ow poorly the conjunction ‘if’ agrees with absolute necessity” (Erasmus 183). Logically following Erasmus’ position, readers of Shakespeare’s Macbeth might ask what would be the use of vengeance against Macbeth if it was understood that all actions were
Sometimes people who live in different societies can feel trapped within themselves and their surroundings. People who live in poverty can feel trapped within their surroundings of, violence, drugs, and alcohol. People who live in upper class can also be, influenced by drugs and alcohol. However people in Upper Class, may strive to impress their parents, teachers or coach, and could lead to life, which he or she do not want. People who live in poverty, may not understand that drugs, alcohol or violence is necessary wrong, as that is the life, he or she have always lived. All ages and societies feel trapped in some way; looking for a way to escape the life they live and to also better their future. However, like
In the sixteenth century Reformation, Luther’s The Bondage of the Will was one of the biggest, most talked about topics around the world. Sadly, nearly 500 years after this sixteenth century Reformation, most people who benefit from this reformation have not even heard of this great doctrine. What is even more unlucky is that many have even given up the Gospel for a free will heresy.
Free will can be described as the ability for human beings to make a choice, thus meaning that humans have a responsibility and control for their actions (Kane, 2005). Determinism, however, is a concept that holds that our actions are pre-determined by both external and internal forces (Dowe, 2002). The debate between free will is and determinism is an important aspect of many disciplines, for example, psychology, religion, and philosophy. The arguments presented in this essay will provide corroborative and contrasting evidence for both free will and determinism from a psychological perspective – using the different approaches within psychology to portray the varying stances on