Fate & Free Will By Leila Quinonez

Fate: The idea that people Have a destined outcome in their lIFe that is unchangable

fate can be pushed onto Someone based on how society classifies Them. Someone may be fated To do SOMETHING based on who they are

Free will: the idea that one has control over their actions and their outcome in Life

Free will allows pEople to choose where they want to go in life. In a way to "make the most of it"

UniverSal theme

"people cannot escape thEir fate, even tHrough free will"

Fate & Free will: of mice and men

"That rAnch were goiN' to is Right down there about a quarter mile. We're gonna go in an' see the boss. Now, looK-i'll give him the work tickets, but you ain't gonna say a word. You jus' Stand there and don't say notHing. If he finds out what a crazy Bastard you are, we won't get no job, but if he sees yA work before ya talk, we're set. You gOT that?" (Stienbeck 6)

The main focus of this quote is George's tone and how he warns lennie of speaking so they wouldn't be rejected to work. Using context clues we can infer that lennie has a learning disability. Thinking back to the era of the mid 1930s, where the book is set, the handicap were seen unfit to live, a genetic mistake, and often treated unfairly. The disabled were often sterilized to not pass on their genetic "mistake". If the boss on the ranch could point out lennie was different from other workers just by hearing him speak would gives us the idea that his disability is hard to hide. If the boss would refuse them once he got the hint lennie was mentally disabled, we can infer that lennies condition came along with a negative connotation. Lennie cannot change that about himself. He would be seen as a monster or criminal. Society classifying him like this can make him fated to not be successful in life, mistreated, and lonely.

"'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.

FatE and free Will: the chrysanthemums

" elisa allen working in her flower garden, looked down acrOss the yard and saw henry, her husBand, talking to two men in business suits... elisa wAtChed them for a moment then went back to Her work." (SteinBeck 1)

This story also takes place in the mid-1930s. Our main character, Elisa, is a woman. Being a woman then was different than present day. A woman of Elisa's day was very restricted on how she could act or what she could do. For Elisa to dwell on mans work than her own was seen as out of line. Elisa's fate would have been to live a strict woman's life. This would consist of things like housework, garden, and cooking. What someone old fashioned would refer to as "woman's work". Elisa's fated would be a box filled with the same ordinary things.

" 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 : tularecito

" while the people of paStures of heaven did not believe in the Diablolic origin of tUlarecito, Nevertheless they were uncomfortable in his presence... Only one thing could prOvoke anger in tularecito. If any person, man, womAn or chilD, handled carelessly or broke one of the Products Hands." (Stienbeck 2)

In the beginning of the story we read tularecito be a devilish looking creature. The details given about him make him seemed deformed, scary , threatening. We can also infer he is mentally or physically disabled as he has trouble learning , speaking, and was described to have had a large neck with no interval of neck between broad shoulders. His fate can be predicted to be dangerous, criminal, lonely. The setting being in the mid-1930s can tell us tularecito was meant to be far from accepted just as lennie . This is what you see before you peel back the curtains. After one reads on tularecito was a imaginative, kind, and artistic soul. He enjoyed to draw and listen to the fairy tales. Believed in them enough to think that's where he belonged. Tularecito would use his free will to draw artistic photos all day and to be somewhere he belongs. He would make his future accepting, calm , and joyful.

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.

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