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There is a theory that people choose the path their lives take This proverbial path can be the direct route that leads right to ones destination In most cases however this path is windy and full of dark spots where no one knows just what lies ahead Such is the case in the two works of Faust and The Gospel of Valeska It is an interesting concept to think that people control their own fate This denies the whole concept of predestination and sheds a whole new light on the power that people possess Both the works of Faust and The Gospel of Valeska place the mortal in charge of their own lives Though a commanding force is present God and the supernatural respectively in both these works the individual becomes empowered in the journey to their destiny Faust presents the tale of a scholar who is in a predicament with the devil Mephistopheles In order to save his soul from condemnation he must not let the devil sway his providence Faust holds his ground throughout the novel to save his own soul He resists all the temptations Mephistopheles confronts him with to cry out in sheer bliss Though he is thoroughly enjoying himself in most of his ventures he refuses to admit this and succumb to Mephistopheles In his moment just before death Faust has an epiphany and envisions advances in the world that would serve good for all mankind So as not to admit that nothing is so fair as that moment Faust is clever in salvaging his soul from hell He says I could sayI now enjoy my highest moment This represents a clever and willful way for Faust a human to outsmart one of the most powerful beings known to the people of the novel Ultimately Faust has willfully dominated his own concluding outcome Valeska of The Gospel of Valeska manages to manipulate not only her life path but also her
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