Essay about Free Will Or Fate?

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Free Will or Fate?

“You say: I am not free. But I have raised and lowered my arm. Everyone understands that this illogical answer is an irrefutable proof of freedom,” from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. In the novel Slaughterhouse Five or The Children 's Crusade by Kurt Vonnegut. Kurt Vonnegut uses a Tralfamadorian way of thought about fate, earthlings way of free will and the paradox of Billy Pilgrim 's using free will to view, escape and enjoy fate. Kurt Vonnegut uses this book to challenge the reader 's preconceived thoughts on the debate between fate and free will.

In this novel Billy Pilgrim gets kidnapped by aliens call Tralfamadorian from the planet Tralfamadore. On the flying saucer one of the aliens welcome to Billy kindly and asked him simply if he had any questions. Billy asked as any human would, where am I how did I get here the alien try to explain, saying the aliens are the great explainers telling why each moment is structured its way. The Tralfamadorian says to Billy in the flying saucer, “I am a Tralfamadorian seeing all time as you might see you stretch of the Rocky Mountains. All time is all time... Take it moment by moment and you will find that we are all as I have said before bugs in Amber," What the alien trying to say is that Tralfamadorian can see all the time at the same time and cannot change it, it is fate. They look in a moment as a picture in a museum, you cannot change it. Another example of Tralfamadorian believe in fate is when Billy…

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