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Life Lessons These days it seems that everything we encounter poses us with a question however there is no more important question to be answered than Life -- what is it Is it merely the days we spend here on Earth or is there some larger life that we all aspire to Though none of us can answer these questions we continue to plague ourselves with questions such as What is it to be alive As humans are we subject to a predetermined fate or do we have free will or is there really some combination between the two Lifes A Dream takes these age old questions and gives us answers answers that are meant to serve as a lesson for each of us in how we should live our lives Basilio believes the prophecy of the stars to be the fate for his son Sigismund thus he locks Sigismund in a dungeon depriving him of two very important tenants that are essential to growth as a human being social interaction and love On a somewhat selfish whim Basilio releases Sigismund in hope of defying this destiny however he quickly sees that Sigismunds behavior seems to be fulfilling the prophecy that has already been laid out by the stars Basilio decides to re-imprison Sigismund forcing his only son back into a dungeon to believe that his single day of real freedom was only a dream His decision is an attempt to keep his kingdom peaceful but his plan backfires when the citizens of his country rise against him to fight for Sigismund the rightful heir to the throne to assume his duty as their king Sigismund disoriented and in a state of suspended disbelief after awakening from a drug-induced sleep is freed by the citizens and goes after his crown and revenge upon his father stating I am as my stars make me III I 162 The reader or audience assumes that
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