The quote I analyzed was “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake / Thy gory locks at me.” (Shakespeare 3.4 61-62). This quote plays on words in a way that twist the words to make a true by technicality. When Banquo’s ghost is looking at him Macbeth feels guilt. He says that he technically did not kill Banquo in that someone else did. Even though Macbeth ordered the death of Banquo he's not the one who physically killed Banquo. This makes him technically not guilty of murder. When Banquo’s ghost accuses him of murder, Macbeth is quick to say that he was not the only to kill him. Macbeth is seeing a ghost of Banquo’s that could just be his imagination trying to tell him that he did something wrong and that he should confess. If the ghost is Macbeth’s conscience then, he is trying to convince himself that he is in fact innocent. He did not do anything wrong on a technically.
“You are always only one decision away from a totally different life”(Unknown). Your destiny can be such a fragile thing, you slide between the path of success and the path of failure daily with the decisions you make. Often when you make a bad decision you are give a second chance. And these decisions and chances all lead up to your destiny. Your chances are limited and eventually you are stuck with the outcome you’ve chosen, be that good or bad, success or failure. There are two men out there who know these principles all too well. Those men’s stories are documented in the book The Other Wes Moore. Two men with the same name grow up in almost identical situations and yet one has worked in The White House, and the other
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I personally believe that we have control of how are destiny will work for us. We can do the right things in life, or do the not so good things that sabotage the way our destiny is suppose to work out for us. In The Sports Gene, by David Epstein, Donald Thomas was led to his destiny by a bet from a current track member who did high jump. He then found out that he was naturally good at high jump, because of his giant achilles tendon. But in Macbeth, by Shakespeare, Macbeth sabotaged the way he was going to become king of Scotland. He thought he could kill people, to make his time of being king come faster. So, what actions did the characters do to control how their destiny was going to work out for them?
True freedom is commonly defined as absolute choice; whether it is in thought, actions or speech, freedom is an individual’s ability to take control of their lives and enables the human experience. Civilization views freedom as an ideal, yet the means of achieving it and whether or not freedom is truly achieved remains ambiguous. There are often individuals in civilized society who struggle and believe themselves to be free after a hard earned victory against oppression. Yet, the implications of maintaining a civilized social structure upon freedom is often overlooked. Many individuals view themselves as free from a subjective standpoint, although true freedom has an absolute meaning. Having true freedom would suggest the ability to develop independently as an individual, yet it becomes evident that in the societies of Brave New World and the Great Gatsby, the existence of social structure prevents true freedom from ever existing.
During the early 17th century and late 18th century, major changes were made to the religious belief in the European countries. The rise of the Islamic culture and the Christianity belief dramatically influenced the way non-religious believers were treated. The Capitulary on Saxony played a major role in this change, it is a set of strict policies introduced by Charlemagne that forced the pagans to live under monotheistic ideals. in spite of the fact that both Christianity and Islam have changed how the non-believers were treated, they did so in different approaches.
Moritz Schlick is a representative of logical positivism doctrine. His definition of free will, determinism and moral responsibility derives from the definition of punishment. He supposes that “Punishment is an educative measure, and as such is a means to the formation of motives, which are in part to prevent the wrongdoer from repeating the act (reformation) and in part to prevent others from committing a similar act (intimidation). Analogously, in the case of reward we are concerned with an incentive." (Schlick, p. 152). So, Schlick’s view of free will and responsibility is connected with punishment. He supposes that a person in responsible if the punishment for his action is able to change his behavior in the future. So, his determinism differs a little from that of Blatchford. In his point of view, "we are trying to discover who is ultimately responsible" (D'Angelo, p. 37). So, he thinks that moral responsibility is not derived from heredity and environment. But what is the source of free will and moral responsibility? Schlick doesn’t give any unequivocal answer to this question. I think that moral responsibility depends on the scale of free will of a person and his attitude to the actions of other persons. In other words, our behaviour is the result of both our heredity and nature, and some outside factors which depend on our relation to other persons’
In the play Macbeth, the lead role “Macbeth” was given a prophecy. Part of the prophecy stated that Macbeth would be king. Macbeth made decisions to make the prophecies come true, rather than believing that his actions were predetermined. Shakespeare, the author of Macbeth, probably believed that fate is never predetermined. I believe Macbeth’s actions were the cause of his own decisions, and that he did what he could to make his prophecies come true.
Human history is abundant in examples of individuals who have amassed such power with themselves that have allowed them to control entire populations, and often unleash tyranny and oppression upon millions of people. Throughout history there have been individuals who have held an iron grip over entire nations, concentrating totalitarian power with themselves, denying any freedom to people, crushing any form of dissent, and often unleashing mass violence, terror, and in some cases genocide. These people have shaped the future of peoples, regions and continents, starting wars and conflicts, and determining the course of millions of lives. And because of this very fact, that a single person could such a huge impact over the lives of so many people, it is very important to study the very factors that caused these individuals to make the decisions that they did, specifically, the factors and that shaped up the personality of these
Fate, by definition, is the universal principle by which the order of things is seemingly prescribed. (Webster) Essentially, fate is events that are inevitable that we have no power to change. It is debatable that fate exists among everyone; however, humans are subject to making their own choices- free will. No matter what choices people make, they do not change our fate. A different path is simply taken towards fate. Both fate and free will play an important role in determining the death of Santiago Nasar, the main character in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, written by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez.
In many Muslim countries, the “f” word (feminism) has sparked tensions, conjuring images of domineering, family-hating woman; similar to other labels such as “Muslim” conjuring images of subjugated woman in the mind of the West. Although these stereotypes are true in a specific historical context, these may not be so when compared to a larger reality. Thus, this does not justify the hostility that follows. In fact, the term Islamic feminism becomes a global phenomenon during 1990s and is a contrast to secular