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Fate Vs. Free Will Essay

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Free will ultimately brought about the death of Romeo and Juliet. Obviously Juliet and Romeo’s ending was predetermined for them because it is after all a play. Which in some ways invalidates the debate of whether or not they had free will. However with a willing suspension of reality we can analyze the events that take place had this been a real situation. The events leading up to Romeo and Juliet’s untimely death are at best circumstantial, and each one is individually preventable. Some of the events could be considered fate on the premise of a chain reaction, however for my purposes I will say that had they not made the choice that had started the chain reaction it would not have ...view middle of the document...

An example of Juliet’s free will would be the most tragic moment of the play for her, when she commits suicide. Romeo also does this, and quite honestly I hold him even more responsible for his own death than I do Juliet. Being a male he had a better chance of making it in life without Juliet than she did without him. And had he not killed himself Juliet would not have killed herself either. However, Juliet made the decision to kill herself, which was ultimately within her control. She did have religious and societal pressures on her, but this is still not a good enough reason to take you own life. And if she had deemed it a good enough reason, then that was her own rationalization. To conclude, while Romeo and Juliet were victims of circumstance, they still had free will and their decisions ultimately brought about their deaths.

The battle between fate and free will is still very relevant in today’s society. It is a topic that has, is, and will continue to be debated by philosopher. However it also has a prevalent role in our everyday life, whether or not we realize it. I believe it...

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