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Fate Versus Free Will Essay

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You’ve put your blood, sweat, and tears into preparing yourself for this very moment, but does that guarantee the victory? As Lisa See states in her novel, The Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, “You make choices that are good and sound, but the gods have other plans for you.” This quote implies that even though you may do all the right things so that you can obtain a certain outcome, a greater force may have something better or worse in store for you, therefore giving you a different result. This idea of fate versus free will can be visible throughout many pieces of literature as wells as the lives of any individual. Notably in my life and the Jon Krakauer’s novel, Into Thin Air, the concept of making a certain decision that could potentially change the rest of your life is clearly illustrated.
To begin with, in my life, I have had to make some rather tough decisions. One decision that changed my life the most drastically was when I had to choose between my different groups of friends. Near the end of my eighth grade year it became time to choose courses to take for my freshman year. One group was more relaxed and laid back; all enrolled in level A classes. On the other hand were my friends who focused tremendously hard on their schoolwork, and took all honors courses. Therefore, I had to take into consideration who I wanted to remain close with as well as what I wanted my future to entail. Both groups were very humorous and they all treated me nicely. Then I deliberated on what I type of career I wanted to pursue in the future. I realized that in order to get where I wanted to go I was going to have to challenge myself and take harder courses. By choosing to stay with my more studious friends I was able to push myself and make many achievements such as National Honors Society, Athenaeum League, and top of my class. In addition to my life, the novel, Into Thin Air, can also illustrate the changes that might happen in one’s life if...

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