Determinism Between Free Will And Determinism Essay

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Determinism relates directly to
The Fountain in Tommy’s journey as he changes through the guidance of Izzi’s from fearing and fighting death, to acceptance and grace in its inevitability. This journey is central to the film as the lighting -dark to light-, colours -black to white- and shapes –triangles to rectangles to circles- all symbolically represent this movement from fear, denial and blindness to enlightenment, acceptance and grace. It is in the climax of this journey that the conflict between free will and determinism is addressed as through Izzi’s book, a manifestation of her feelings (the queen is under attack as she is battling cancer while Tommy her conquistador attempts to save her from death), Tommy is allowed one more chance at self-examination and reflection. Through the insertion of himself into Izzi’s book he does this exactly, seeing the consequences of Tomas’ actions as they parallel his own. It is in the belief that the conquistador is acting freely that Tommy can ascribe moral responsibility to his actions; if Tommy accepted determinism as true the conquistador would be absolved of all moral agency, his action already determined through causality. In doing so Tommy recognizes that acting selfishly will only leave him unfulfilled; the idea of free will is most explicitly affirmed as Tommy revisits the past with this understanding, acknowledging he deprived his wife of his time in the valuable last moments of her life. Instead of pursuing the incessant
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