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...action or an effect that may be out of their control. However, people are fundamentally able to control their actions and are therefore responsible for what they choose to do. Snow Falling on Cedars emphasizes the idea that free will rules over fate which can be understood from the last sentence in the novel: “accident ruled every corner of the universe except the chambers of the human heart”. While chance, fate, or accidents happen and interfere with the lives of characters such as Ishmael and Hatsue or somehow create uncontrollable events, there is always the ability for each individual to act against these forces and exert their will to do what is right. People do not feel or act by accident; every decision that is made is based on intention. Therefore, people are responsible for what they choose to do and are ultimately, in control of their own fate.
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