Free Will Vs. Fate Essay

1038 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
A boomerang produces the same results no matter how, where, or why it was thrown. It always comes back to the original location, even when consciously trying to alter its course. The end result is always predictable, like destiny. Destiny is like any greater force humans cannot see, hear, or touch. It leaves the world divided. Some people believe that outcomes are solely the product of choices. Others believe in a greater force that influences the decisions a person makes. However, a combination of the two are prevalent in the world. Characteristics such as family, appearance, or personality are predetermined before birth and deeply impact a person’s life. Nonetheless, one has an endless amount of life-altering choices to be made. Sophocles and Steven Spielberg both explore the idea of free will versus fate in their respective texts: Oedipus the King and Minority Report. Destiny is fulfilled due to the avoidance of it. To avoid their doomed fate, both characters go to extensive lengths physically and authoritatively, no matter how illogical it seems to try and escape destiny. To escape from fate both characters do so physically, involving eyesight and blindness. Eyes in both of the stories symbolize knowledge. In Minority Report, John Anderton has underground surgery and wakes up with a new eyes. John essentially escapes from the government, considering eyes are the sole identifying characteristic the government has. With his surgery comes the knowledge of the Pre-cog…

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