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Controlling Fate Essay

862 words - 3 pages

A person has the ability to control their own fate to a certain extension, to the extension in which that person allows himself or herself to believe in such a power. In Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and The Mysterious Stranger, both main characters start off as boys beginning to discover the world and themselves, but unlike Huck Finn, Theodor discovers a greater truth about fate.When looking back on Huck, he is a boy who does not seem to fit in. The adults want to civilize him and with the exception of Tom Sawyer, the gang robber members ignore him. In a way Tom was trying to create a society in which they wanted to live in. while the adults were using the Bible to civilize Huck, Tom was using pirate and robber books to direct their fate in. This did not work for Huck because he is too practical and could not imagine or make believe any of the adventures Tom was creating.Theodore is able to believe his newly found friend Satan because he can actually see his creations. Theodore witnesses the creations of the little people and sees them come to life. It is through Satan that Theodore begins to experience the ability to control fate although not his own at first. It seems that since Satan likes Theodor, Satan will take care of Theodore and that he will have a good fate. This is why Theodore's fate is not the subject of discussion, but instead that of other. Theodore starts changing the lives of many people, at first he was horrified at the results but managed to push away those thoughts and feel proud when he hears what the other alternative life the person might have had.Theodore appears well stable when it comes to how society works and he has an idea of what is expected of him and acts according to it. Huck has to learn the basics as he goes through his journey. He is barely learning what role he plays in society and where he belongs. Huck is told to pray for the thing he wants, but when he prays and does not get want he want, he finds prayer pointless. He is also very superstitious; one situation of this was when he accidentally turned over the salt shaker and the other when he touched the snakeskin. Here Huck is trying to direct his fate towards the direction of good luck but is unsuccessful.When Huck runs away he proves he...

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