Essay on Fate Vs. Free Will

1005 Words Mar 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Fate vs Freewill
Humans are naturally inclined towards placing the blame of their mistakes on someone else’s shoulders. However, when it becomes apparent that they alone must take responsibility for their actions, they turn to accuse fate. It is the concept that every milestone in your life has been predetermined by a higher power. On the contrary, there is the notion of free-will; the idea that you have the ability to control your own life, and the circumstances that you face are a result of certain decisions you made. Fate versus free will is a recurring theme found in William Shakespeare’s tragic play Romeo and Juliet. The text explores how when an individual makes impulsive decisions, they often face obstacles, and as a result may seek consolation through the concept of fate.
Throughout the context of the play, Shakespeare insinuates that rash behaviour can lead to many predicaments. This is enforced when Juliet Capulet accepts Romeo Montague’s marriage proposal, despite their household’s rivalry and short-lived love. During the proposal, Juliet expresses the danger of making haste decisions through the following quote. “I have no joy of this contract tonight. It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden, too like the lightning, which doth cease to be ere one can say ‘It lightens.’” (II. ii. 123-126) Disregarding her intuition, she accepts Romeo’s proposal and they agree to elope the next day. Many dilemmas arise from Juliet’s reckless choice. The Capulets, unbeknownst of…

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