CH American Lit - Essay 2 - Final

CH American Lit - Essay 2 - Final - HLI-118 B Professor...

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HLI-118 B Clifford Hults Professor Rubenfeld 3/7/08 Freedom – How Free Are We? In life, we make hundreds of decisions each and every day, whether it is, what clothes to wear, who to talk to, what TV shows to watch, what homework to finish first, or whether, or not, to get out of bed to get to your literature class on time. These exemplify the usage of people’s free will in everyday life. Many writers use people’s free will to show the consequences of a main character’s decision whether it lead to their success or their demise. These can be shown in stories, such as, “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane, “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, and “A White Crane” by Sarah Orne Jewett. Crane’s story “The Open Boat” is a prime example of free will vs. nature, or destiny. Crane drew his inspiration to write this story because it is a real event that he himself was a part of. In this story, 4 men are part of a ship wreck and have to jump ship. They get stuck in a lifeboat for days being tossed around in the current but the four men work together to try and stay alive until they can get to shore safely. Eventually, they make an attempt to get to shore and ironically the strongest man on the boat, the oiler,
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