Fate Or Free Will Essay

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Through the literary works covered thus far, it has become evident, according to William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar that “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Through the outcomes presented to the characters of Romeo, Atticus, and Tillie, it is evident that the experiences such characters undergo are the result of their free will.
The first suggestion of Romeo’s free will appears on page 109, witnessing the marriage of himself and Juliet, where Romeo declares, “Do thou but close our hands with holy words, / Then love-devouring death do what he dare, / It is enough I may but call her mine” (II.vi.6-8). Friar Lawrence, advising Romeo on his ...view middle of the document...

Friar Lawrence also compares hastiness to slowness, suggesting that both are equally harmful. The absence of reasoning, thinking before acting presented in the character of Romeo shows that this haste is what will lead to the death of himself, and his lover, which, in essence is free will. An additional suggestion of how the outcomes one faces are a consequence of free will appears on page 213 of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Romeo hears of Juliet’s “death.” Before hearing the devastating news, Romeo joyfully states, “News from Verona! — How now, Balthasar...” in which the servant replies, “Her body sleeps in Capels’ monument. / And her immortal part with angels lives” (V.i.13-20). After hearing the news, Romeo cries, “Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight /… I do remember an apothecary… Sharp misery had worn him to the bones… / Noting this penury, to myself I said / “An if a man did need a poison… / Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him” (V.i.37-55). Before hearing of Juliet’s death, Romeo is very joyful, and mirthful, as evident through the use of an exclamation point, yet suddenly, Romeo plans to kill himself without communicating with the friar, and reasoning through his emotions. The author, by conveying the apothecary’s great poverty, shows that Romeo is willing to go out of his way, use this poor man’s hardship to acquire what he desires: poison. The immediate haste, and lack of thought in what this situation might truthfully be is what leads to lovers’ deaths. If Romeo would allow time in taking such powerful actions, there is a question as to whether Juliet and he would still be alive. The above concludes that the consequences characters, and humans face throughout their lives are a result of their actions, their nature, their ways. Another suggestion of free will resulting in the outcomes one must undertake during their life is also suggested through the character of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The first example of free will in Atticus’ character is revealed during his conversation with Aunt Alexandra, who seems to disapprove of the strong presence of an African American woman in a white household. After Aunt Alexandra remarks, “We don’t need her now.” Atticus responds, “You may think otherwise, but I couldn’t have got along without her all these years. She’s a faithful member of this family… She tried to bring them up according to her lights, and Cal’s lights are pretty good…” (Lee 182-3). Here the reader witnesses Atticus defending and supporting Calpurnia in circumstances which society, and traditions disapprove of his beliefs. Harper Lee, by utilizing the phrase “got along” expresses Atticus’ great dependence on Calpurnia to an extent in which the need of raising his children and providing for his family would not have been met without her assistance. Atticus also emphasizes his great appreciation towards Calpurnia, an African American women that in Maycomb County would...

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