Macbeth would be an interesting option, althought it's not a novel. The old hags predicted what his future would hold, but Macbeth couldn't wait for events to transpire naturally. He and Lady Macbeth gave in to their desire to pursue their own agenda's and circumvent the natural process of destiny. How different would their lives have been if they had awaited the destiny both had in store for them.
The existentialists have this statement as their very theme. The world is absurb, and man must create his own existence and give it meaning. So, perhaps you may wish to turn to the French Existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Daphne duMaurier for works that deal with this theme.
An American novel that deals with creating one's own meaning in his/her existence is Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
Try Fools Crow, by James Welch. It has been around for some years, but is a great tale about a young Blackfoot Sioux man, trying to make his way in the world and raise his status in the tribe. If it helps to illustrate the point at all and make my case for this novel, the story starts out with his name being "White Man's Dog". Nowhere to go but up from that!
Do you mean that you need a story to show this theme? If so, many stories that revolve around the theme of the American dream have something to do with man making his own destiny. For example, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is about one man's desire and failure to achieve his dreams. Willy Loman wants to be a successful salesman; however, he lacks the talent and work ethic to make this dream come true. Rather than taking steps to try to achieve his goal, Willy expects that his dream will come easily. Willy makes a series of bad decisions regarding his work and family, and in the end he cannot deal with the life that he has created for himself. Although some outside factors do contribute to Willy's situation, Willy is largely responsible for having created his own destiny.
can't anyone write the story itself....all are telling to refer to a number of books ....i am frustated..Please help!