"'O.K. SOMEDAY- WE'RE GONNA GET THE JACK TOGETHER ANd WE'RE GONNA HAVE A LITTLE HOUSE AND A COUPLE OF ACRES AN' A COW AND SOME PIGS... AN' LIVE OFF THE FATTA THE LAN,' LENNIE SHOUTED. 'AN HAVE RABBITS. GO ON, GEORGE! TELL ABOUT WHAT WE'RE GINNA HAVE IN THE GARDEN...'" (STEINBECK 14)
In this quote we can see what lennie would choose with free will. He would choose the opposite of what one would expect. A serene, classic life. Opposed to the unfit monster he was seen as, he was more of the gentle and caring type. Wanting to care for the rabbits so much was just one example of this. He would choose to remain with his long time friend than be fated to a lonely, unhappy life. Lennie does not see himself as society does. Therefore, his opinions on what he deserves differ.
" she was siLent for a while; then she said,' henry, at those priZe fights, do the men hurt eachother very much...I've read hOw they break noses, and blood runs down thier chests'... he looked around at her. 'Whats the maTter elisa? I dIdnt know you read things like tHat.'..? Her face was turned away From him. 'It will be enOugh if we can have wine. It will be plenty.'" (STIenbeck 9)
This quote helps to explain Elisa's potential free will decisions. Elisa yearns for excitement not old routine. We can tell in the quote when she suggests a fight adding on to the luxury of wine ( keeping in kind what it looked like for a woman to drink back then). She was curious enough to ask for details about something she didn't know if she would ever see. With free will Elisa would do more masculine things for her day and age. She may take a stronger drink and riot at a fight but restrains from this. I believe she refrains from her true wishes because she is afraid to seem improper. Elisa must be the good proper wife in order to be respected and accepted.
Fate And free will in: real life today
If the idea of fate is have a destined, predicted , outcome I believe we can be born into our fate. Fate today is often predicted on how society classifies you. Someone may be destined to live a certain way based on who they are. Often we cannot change these things we are classified as. For example someone born into to poverty may be destined to live a unhappy, struggle-filled life. On the contrary they can use they're free will to lead they're life in a better direction. Fate may land on people the moment they enter the world. One can use thier god given free will to try and escape it. More than too often people cannot.