Decisions Determine Destiny By Addi Jenkins

Thesis: The decisions made throughout 4 different sources of inspiration is compared with ¨The Alchemist¨ through change from the poem "Lesson of The Moth" by Don Marquis, perseverance in the face of hardships in "The Odyssey", and fate in the Disney movie "Brave".

Detail 1 (Alchemist): Change is revealed in ¨The Alchemist¨ by Paulo Coelho to show personal development in characters. ¨But the sheep had taught him something even more important: that there was a language the boy had used throughout the time that he was trying to improve things at the shop. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, as a part of a search for something believed and desired.¨ (Coelho 64)

Detail 2: Change in the poem,¨The Lesson of The Moth¨ by Don Marquis reveals impulsive behaviour as a result of boredom. ¨Why do you fellows pull this stunt I asked him... why, if that had been an uncovered candle instead of an electric light bulb you would now be a small unsightly cinder have you no sense, plenty of it he answered, but at times we get tired of using it, we get bored with the routine and crave beauty and excitement, fire is beautiful and we know that if we get too close it will kill us, but what does that matter it is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while.¨(1.6-28)

Commentary 1: So, change has been proven to be a helpful, or harmful thing in different instances. Change is always tied to personal hardships, whether the end result is satisfactory, or inadequate is determined with the actions and decisions made.

Detail 3 (Alchemist): The amount of perseverance shown can prove worthy or unworthy of recognition through the hardships faced. When Santiago fell in love with Fatima in ¨The Alchemist¨, he wanted to stay with her instead of following the Alchemist to pursue his personal legend, but he made a choice to persevere, and sacrifice everything to follow his dreams. ¨´I am going with you,´the boy said. And he immediately felt peace in his heart.¨(Coelho 125)

Detail 4: Remember in ¨The Odyssey¨ when Odysseus tried to cheer up his men by reminding that they have been through worse. That showed great perseverance through hardships. ¨Dear friends, surely we are not unlearned in evils. This is no greater evil now than it was when the Cyclops had us cooped in his hollow cave by force and violence, but even there, by my courage and counsel and my intelligence, we escaped away. I think that all this will be remembered some day too. Then do as I say, let us all be won over."' (12.208-213)

Commentary 2: The outcome of the adversities faced are generally pleasing when endured with perserverance, and good decisions. Sometimes the hardships you face are controlled by fate, and cannot be determined by yourself.

Detail 5 (Alchemist): Fate in life is uncontrolable, but whether you deal with it with dignity or indecency is manageable . ¨There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth.¨(Coelho 24)

Detail 6: In the 2012 Disney film, ¨Brave¨, Merida is wise beyond her years about fate, she says, ¨There are those who say that fate is something beyond our command. That our destinies are not our own. But I know better. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.¨

Commentary 3: However fate really is, we know our fate can end up positive or negative, all depending on you and your decisions.

Conclude: All the choices and decisions made in life can be caused by change shown in an inspirational poem, determined from hardships revealed in an illustrious book , and controlled by fate shown in a riveting movie. We make our choices, then our choices make us.

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