Is Life Predetermined?

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Submitted By Farz77
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Man has continually pondered the thought of whether one has control over one’s destiny, or that life is a play and each individual is simply acting out their part of the script. It is human's (universally/innate?) incessant curiosity and relentless pursuit for truth which enables man to have control over their future. This can be observed in George Orwell’s novel 1984, Peter Weir’s production of The Truman Show and Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report. While these are merely stories, their aim is to prove that whether or not we think our lives are predetermined, it is our inquisitiveness and chase for true reality which allows us to have control over our decisions and ultimately our future.

1984 is set in Oceania, formerly Britain, one of the three super-states of the world after a post-global atomic war. Winston Smith, the protagonist tries to unveil how life was before the war while everyone is being constantly watched and regulated. All past records are destroyed, and a new language, Newspeak, is invented in order to remove all meaning from language, thus dramatically reducing the chances of the inhabitants finding out about the past.

The Truman Show is about a man whose life is a television show. He was adopted by a television company and ever since birth his life was broadcasted on television. Truman lives thirty years not questioning anything, until mistakes on the part of the actors or the production company cue him to find the explanation to these mysteries. This ultimately leads his pursuit to find out what had been hidden from him all his life.

Minority Report is set in 2054, in Washington D.C, where an experiment involving pre-cognitive twins who can identify killers before they commit the murders is being put into practice. Since its implementation the homicide rate dropped 100%. The creator, John Anderton is however later identified as a future…...

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