1.Why is this "fate" capitalized? Does it mean "the god of fate"?
2.And does "as large as Fate" mean "some big force as Fate"?

ex)On May 29th there was a heavy rain but the sun came out the next day. Driving back from the village, I stopped the car because a small woodchuck was traveling along the road, its belly almost flat to the gravel. I got out, took off my sweater, threw it over the woodchuck and wrapped him in it, then put him on the floor of the car while I drove home. I guessed the rain had washed out his burrow. If I hadnít come along he would have eventually died of starvation. Rescuing him, I felt as large as Fate.