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You see what ever people try to become master they usually do, do you think that Oda would let Luffy die before becoming the Pirate King because that would be unexpected as his style suggest and go by the lesson of "It's not about the destination, it about the journey" as Luffy acommplish a lot on his journey. Also Oda might have forshadow this as Luffy stated "I decided I'm going to be the King of the Pirate, if I die fighting for that dream then I die."