Free Will And Fate In William Henley's Invictus

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Few problems in philosophy are so well-known and complex such as the notion of free-will and fate.We unconsciously face these concepts throughout our daily life when we come to contact with things that we enjoy, like books, songs or movies. They are also ever present in ourselves, because we always confront with these ideas when we wonder whether we shape our life according to our free will, or we are simply following what some call ‘destiny’ or ‘path set by a Supreme Being’. The different conceptions that we have of these question, are another source of diversity within people.
William Henley takes a clear position in his poem ‘Invictus’: the human being is the Master of his Fate and the Captain of his Soul, which means that he is the one
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‘Beyond this place of wrath and tears…’ and ‘It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll…’, he conveys the message that even though he doesn’t know what’s coming on his way, he is unafraid and ready for life, and with the time that is left , he will continue to master his Fate. The most controversial line is ‘I am the Master of my Fate’, because even if he claims that he is unsure of the next occurrences of his life, he says that he will try to master it.This is a hard problem to deal with, because even if we identify freedom of will with our complete spontaneity,we have to understand how such volition can also come from God
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