The idea of fate or free will is something that is often linked to human nature and is reflected in many pieces of writing. They poke and prod the reader of these two beliefs, and allow them to determine the reasoning behind each character’s actions. Examples would include the play Macbeth, Oedipus and the film The Adjustment Bureau, as the main characters make decisions based with or against the newfound knowledge. Overall, it is considered that fate often dictates the influential choices, while free will consists of everyday life activities. Oedipus the King is a story which consists of people run away from what their destiny is, and the truth according to the story is there is no escape and what is supposed to occur will happen. Their is …show more content…
This message comes from three prophets or witches which tell him that he will become king of the entire kingdom at one point and had brushed it off as a joke. After, he is told he had received a new title just as the witches had claimed, it seems as if this knowledge dictated all of the actions that lead up to the end of his reign. Macbeth goes through many unsavory activities to become king, just as he was told;however, nearing the end of his reign, he is told he will not be able to be slain by any women born person. He takes this information as he is invincible to essentially everyone around him, and believes his reign will never end. In his final stance, Macbeth realizes him mistake as Macduff is not of women born and he is then slain. This depicts how fate is inevitable for any and everyone and trying to escape the prophecy will only lead to further suffering for all parties involved. The Adjustment Bureau is a film in which the main character David Norris who gets insight on how everyone’s fate is controlled by a higher power, and according to the “book” he is unable to be with a girl he met. The film consists of the character David continually meeting Elise, which according to the higher ups he is not supposed to be with. Free will is explained by the agents as something that the
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The conception of such leads to an internal moral conflict where one compares and weighs the consequences of their fates. Conflicted with multiple impending fates, the individual has a choice to either embrace their uncertain fate, knowing they cannot prevent such, or reject their uncertain destiny, becoming negligent toward the possibilities of what is to come. When an individual is tasked with dealing with a future in which their lives are on the line, they will undergo the depiction of many futures. The result of which, will prompt the individual to either accept their fates, knowing that their fates are not preventable, or, challenge their futures, leading to the neglecting of what lies within the uncertain future; the futures born from ones
The book TOWM shows author Wes Moores views on choices we make and how people and how only people affect their way of life. One of the ways the book TOWM shows this choice vs fate is when author Wes Moore goes to be a successful man that becomes part of the military and turns his life around while the other Wes Moore chose to join and stay in the drug game even though he was told not to by his older brother tony which disappointed him, saying, ““You know what dude……
In many cases, people may be forced by external circumstances to make decisions that they would not have made if such circumstances did not present themselves. The results of such decisions can either have a positive or negative impact on the lives of an individual. Such a case is well presented in the story A &P by John Updike where the major character, Sammy is portrayed to be rebellious. His rebellion appears to have more disadvantages than advantages as it complicates his life in many cases, which leads him into making uninformed decisions. It is, therefore, true to say that Sammy's rebellion in the John Updike's A & P is more futile than heroic and only makes negative complications in his life.
Inevitable Fate Many literary texts, movies, and novels deal with the theme of fate or destiny. Many films/literary texts change a person's or situation's future near the end of the movie or text when a person or thing purposely changes a specific event. Audiences of these films or readers of these novels may notice a pattern where there is always another result to change the character's or protagonist's fate after they change an event or specific event in the plot.
Within both of John Updike’s “A&P” and Haruki Murakami’s “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning,” choice against fate is a recurring concept in which both protagonists in respective stories have reached the decision of tempting fate; a conscious one at that, not to mention as the story unravels. In Updike’s “A&P,” the protagonist believes that he has a choice in the life he is living in and detests his job. Sammy has a tedious life where he works at a local A&P store as a cashier and living through the very selfsame day like a relentless, endless cycle. In a way, he is not much taken with his profession due to the boredom it entails and believes that he has a choice in the life he is living in; Sammy could have a better job if he wants instead of being a cashier at a small grocery store in the town he resides. An example of Sammy’s assumption that he has a choice in the life he lives is his thoughts on his boss, Lengel.
However, it is only by choice whether or not those people remain in that path. In many examples of literature, this view of fate and destiny can be seen and applied. Other pieces may argue that personal choice guides the human way of living. In Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, Cline shows that fate plays a role through the isolation of Wade’s life, Halliday’s egg hunt, and the serendipitous meeting of Parzival and Art3mis. It was only by fate that Wade Watts, the protagonist of the novel, lived in isolation for his entire life.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet follows two teens on opposite sides of feuding families that fall in love. They face hardships from each other’s impulsiveness, and hide their love from their own families. In the play, two themes are commonly brought up; fate and freewill. Many question if the character’s actions are brought on by some higher power, or if they in control of their own lives. Shakespeare’s purpose of writing in this form was to show how fate has a large aspect of the characters’ lives.
The Second adds "The pow'r of man, for none of woman born/ Shall harm Macbeth"(IV.i.80-81), The Third states "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until/Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill/Shall come against him"(IV.i.92-94). Macbeth hears what the apparitions say, and this makes Macbeth feel fearless, which leads him to the ultimate tragic decision that leads to his death. " The castle of Macduff I will surprise,/Seize upon Fife, give to the edge o' the sword/ His wifes, his babes, and all unfortunate souls"(IV.i.150-153).
This prophecy tells Macbeth that Macduff’s intentions toward him are not good. The second apparition lures Macbeth into a false sense of security as it tells him that he cannot be harmed by anyone one born of a woman. It says “Be bloody, bold and resolute. Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.” (1329)
What is greed? It is defined as an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth or power. In William Shakespeare's notable work, Macbeth, the protagonist in which the work gets its name exemplifies what it means to be a greedy and power-hungry individual. In this work, Shakespeare describes Macbeth’s gradual descent into insanity after coveting kingship which ultimately leads him to murder those who get in his way. Under these circumstances, Macbeth’s evolving desire for kingship and withholding the power that comes with it results in vicious repercussions.
The three evil witches are said to have control over his future. However, these three were just another mind game that should have been avoided. The witches chant “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (I.3.51). In other words, they are saying that Macbeth will be king in the near future. While it may be true the witches can suggest and predict, they never have complete control.
Macbeth knows that the witches’ prediction will come true due to his experience with the first prophecy. Nevertheless, he asks about his downfall to try and prevent it. Macbeth’s ambition to become king is so strong that he will try to twist destiny satisfy his ambition.
This story has both fate and free will. This is more than clear because as mentioned; the prophecy of the witches telling Macbeth he will become the king of Scotland but they didn’t tell him how was he going to become king. He just interpreted the prophecy, as he wanted. Fate has a very important role in the story.
In many cases, people may be forced by external circumstances to make decisions that they would not have made if such circumstances did not present themselves. The results of such decisions can either have a positive or negative impact on the lives of an individual. Such a case is well presented in the story A &P by John Updike where the major character, Sammy is portrayed to be indecisive. In this story, Sammy, the major character continually rebels against his coworkers, his boss, customers, and sometimes himself. His rebellion appears to have more disadvantages than advantages as it complicates his life in many cases.
“If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me, without my stir” (Shakespeare 144). Macbeth, a loyal subject to his king has an encounter that will change his fate with an ultimate effect on his free will. They claim three predictions, Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor and later crowned King but Macbeths lineage will not maintain the throne. After this supernatural confrontation, Macbeth questions this loyalty which will ultimately lead to his new fate carried out (LitCharts 1). Fully capable to act upon his own free will, Macbeth instead is driven by fate to his destruction which gives further insight of his character advancement.