Free Will:
A Fools Paradise

Our theme of free will is shown in Act one, scene one on multiple occasions. This is evident.when Lord Capulet and Lord Montague arrived at the fight between the servants and Tybalt and Benvolio. The two lords came to the fight and saw it and wanted to join in the fight but was stopped by there wives. This one case is showing that they didn't have free will in everything they did. This was also a rare case when a woman made a difference in Romeo and Juliet that wasn't Juliet. After that happened another event happened showing that they didn't have free will. That event was when the Prince came over and told them that they have to see him and they didn't even have the option to decline, he didn't even give them a chance to change the times they will be seeing him.This is a music video showing us how free will can lead to many things, including falling in love with someone you are not supposed too."Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.-Jawaharlal Nehru. This quote talks about the fact that the way you complete a task or go about life is all because of your free will. This backs up the fact that free will can be a good or dangerous thing.

Act 3 Scene 5

In act three scene five of Romeo and Juliet free will is shown in a big way. Juliet sticks to her heart about marrying Paris, she refuses because her heart belongs to Romeo and that is who she wants to marry. In the beginning of the scene Romeo and Juliet are together but the soon have part ways because Lady Capulet is approaching. The Nurse warns Juliet that her mother is approaching by saying “ your lady mother is coming to your chamber! The day is broke. Be wary. Look about.” In that quote the Nurse is saying that Lady Capulet is coming to Juliet’s room it is day, they must be careful, and watch out so Romeo is not seen. When Romeo and Juliet part ways they both are in tears, so when Lady Capulet finally reaches Juliets room she thinks juliets tears are over Tybalts death. Lady Capulet starts talking about how she just wants to see Romeo dead, Juliet leads her mother to believe that she wishes to see the same thing but in reality she is confessing her love for Romeo. That shows free will because Juliet could have just said that she wanted Romeo dead also without saying things like “We will have vengeance for it, fear it not. Then we weep no more. I'll send to one in Mantua, where that same banished runagate doth live.” which leads her mother to believe she just wants to get revenge on Romeo but she is really saying how she loves him. She could have gone along with what her mother was saying without a hint of love for Romeo, but she went with her heart and confessed her love. As Juliet and her mother are talking Lady Capulet mentions Capulets plan for Juliet to marry Paris to try to make Juliet happy again. Juliet is appalled by the thought of that and rejects that plan by saying “ I will not marry yet; and when I do, I swear it shall be to Romeo whom you know I hate rather than Paris.” That shows free will for the fact that she is refusing to go with her parents plans to marry Paris, and how she will choose who she wants to be able to choose who she marries. She is saying that she would much rather marry Romeo who her mother believes that she hates rather than marrying Paris. She is showing her free will because she is making a decision for her self and putting her opinions on her marriage rather than just saying yes that is fine I'll marry Paris.

Act 5 Scene 3

In Romeo and Juliet act five scene three, the two star-crossed lovers kill themselves out of sadness for the others death. Juliet drinks a potion that makes her seem dead for forty-two hours. Romeo is supposed to get a letter telling him to run away with her when she wakes up. However, the letter doesn't come and when Romeo realizes Juliet is “dead” he goes to a poison that will kill him. Romeo then goes to see to Juliet, who lies in a tomb and drinks the poison. “Will I set up my everlasting rest, And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace!” (Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet). Once Juliet wakes up and realizes Romeo is dead, she kills herself with a dagger. “Yea, noise? then I'll be brief. O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die” (Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet). This demonstrates freewill because despite their families, Romeo and Juliet decide what to do for themselves. This is also an example of how freewill can be detrimental, and sometimes someone else is pulling the strings. Although at the time they thought they were doing what was best, their freewill caused them to create a tragic ending to a story. "Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.-Jawaharlal Nehru. This quote talks about the fact that the way you complete a task or go about life is all because of your free will. This backs up the fact that free will can be a good or dangerous thing. This pertains to act 5 scene three because Juliet killed herself due to the choices that come with free will.

Video that pertains to our theme

In the matrix video they are talking about free will and if it really is your choice. See free will can be you making the final decision yet the whole time someone could have been leading you to make that decision. This is shown in the red pill blue pill scene in the matrix, with an analysis at the end; as you will watch below.(only watch 39 seconds of the video)

Symbol to represent free will

This symbol represents free will because its saying that even though you may think you have free will, there very well could be someone pulling the strings when your not looking. This applies to Romeo and Juliet because even though they may not have seen it at the time People in their lives were influencing the decision they made to get married.

Research pertaining to free will

Free will - the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at

one's own discretion.
synonyms: self-determination, freedom of choice, autonomy, liberty, independence
Why teenagers react based off of free will:
- “All teens go through similar phases -- the need for independence, a separate identity, testing
authority. It's part of growing up; it's also linked to developmental changes in the brain that will
eventually help them become analytical adults” (WebMD).
-“During the teenage years, the area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex is developing. This
is the part of your brain that is behind your forehead. It's your thinking cap and judgment center,
Elkind explains, which means kids can now develop their own ideals and ideas” (WebMD).
Citation: Feature, WebMD. "Teenagers: Why Do They Rebel?" WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 06
Dec. 2014.
Free will in Romeo and Juliet:
- “Free Will is when no one is pulling the strings or that you are making the decisions on your
own, that nothing is meant to be unless you make it happen. It’s like you make your own
decisions and you alone. For example when you are creating something like a robot or making a
recipe for cooking. It’s you that has to make the decision if you want to continue making that
special thing or if you want to give up on it all together and move on to the next thing in line that
might interest you in making. It’s you that has to decide wither or not you want to continue what
you’re doing or gust give up all together. That’s what Free Will is, is the decision you make for
you self even if it’s a bad one unless you influents by some person no one can tell you what to do
or what to think no one is forcing you making the decisions for you its gust you and no one else.
This is what Free Will is like, you own chooses.
In Romeo and Juliet there are many examples of Free Will. It’s not only Romeo and Juliet
making examples of Free Will it’s also the other characters in the story, like when the Nurse
helps Juliet see her love Romeo. In Act 3 when Juliet was in her room the Nurse gave her a rope
ladder so Romeo can come up the wall in her room. Also in Act 3 when Romeo was banished
from the city the Nurse decides to not help Juliet any more an seeing her lover because she
thought Paris was a better man for her. When Romeo saw Juliet half dead in the tomb in Act 5 he
killed himself willingly, completely by chose. Although he could have walked away from the
tomb and never look back, same with Juliet when she awoke instead they decide to kill
themselves to be with each other. In Act 3 Romeo didn’t have to kill Tibolt he could of ran away
or severely injured him, but hurt him enough to the point where he won’t die. Instead of that
option he kills him. In this whole story if fate wasn’t involved Romeo a lot of bad chooses” (R
and J report).
Citation: "Romeo & Juliet Report." : Free Will. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.
While fate is responsible for the fact that both Romeo and Juliet were born into two feuding
families, Shakespeare makes it very evident that the events leading up to the tragic deaths are
a matter of choice rather than fate.
For starters, Romeo is not only governed by his own choices, he is a very classic tragic hero
and fits Aristotle's commonly accepted definition of a tragic hero by having fatal character
flaws. If Romeo had no character flaws that lead to his own demise while otherwise being
perfectly virtuous and innocent, the story would be less tragic. Romeo's character flaws are his
impetuousness plus his tendency to be guided by his irrational emotions rather than by rational
reason, and it is these character flaws that govern his choices in the play. It is through his
impetuousness that he allows himself to be persuaded into crashing the Capulet's ball, even
though he sensed it would lead to danger. It is through his irrational, emotional drive that he
makes the choice to avenge himself on Tybalt for Mercutio's death, even though he knew Tybalt
would be killed by the hands of the law. Finally, it is through his irrational emotionalism that
he makes the decision to follow through with his own suicide. Shakespeare makes an important
issue of the fact that Romeo notices Juliet still looks beautiful in death, that even her cheeks and
lips still looked rosy, as we see in Romeo's lines:
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Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath,
hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.
Thou art not conquer'd. Beauty's ensign yet
Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks. (V.iii.92-95)
Had Romeo been thinking a bit more rationally at this moment, rather than by being guided by
his intense emotionalism, he might have stopped to realize that she really was not dead. The fact
that fate misdirected Friar Laurence's letter explaining Juliet's faked death would have been
insignificant had Romeo been thinking more rationally; therefore, it is really Romeo's choices,
especially his choice to allow himself to be governed by his emotionalism, that leads to the
tragedies in the play, especially the final tragedies.
Aside from Romeo, Shakespeare even makes a point that Lords Capulet and Montague have
made choices to allow themselves to be governed by their own intense, violent, irrational
emotions rather than by reason and that it is these choices that lead to the play's tragedies. We
especially see this point made in Prince Escalus's speeches, particularly in the final scene, "See
what a scourge is laid upon your hate, / That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!"
(303-04). Notice that he is not saying fate is responsible for Romeo's and Juliet's deaths; instead,
he is saying that their hatred is to blame, and Capulet and Montague made the choice to hate
and to continue the feud.
Therefore, Shakespeare makes it very evident that, while fate may play a role in certain
circumstances, it is ultimately choices that lead to the tragic deaths in the play
Citation: "What Is More to Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo
and Juliet, Fate or Free Will? - Homework Help -", n.d.
Web. 08 Dec. 2014.
What is free will:
- Making a decision for one self despite what others say or think
- Doing what you want to do
- A choice

Modern adaptation of the theme

One modern adaptation of our theme is the military draft, because it is your free will to join but there may be someone influencing your decision.

Our next Modern use is your choice of school specifically getting into early college. This is because it may have been your choice to be here,but someone may have been influencing your decision.

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