Redemption is Believing in Yourself

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Alexis Peppars Peppars 1
Mrs. Starmer
Senior Humanities
28th November 2012
Redemption
Softball isn’t just a sport, it’s a passion. Last year, in a softball game, I tripped and cause us to get all three outs. My team, as well as my coach, was very upset. As a consequence, I sat the next two innings out. Sitting alone and thinking about how my mistake could cost us the game, I felt as though I needed to prove to my team that I didn’t mean to and that I could help get the game back. I finally convinced my coach to let me back in the game. An inning had gone by I still hadn’t proven myself. I was getting nervous. Bottom of the ninth, my chance came. Playing shortstop, a ground ball was headed straight for me. I caught it, and threw it to first. First then through it to third, and I tagged the runner coming from second base. A triple play! We were three points ahead and had won the game. I had such a feeling of self-accomplishment and pride. I had proven to the team that I was a valuable player.

In Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, the main character, Jean Valjean, is a criminal. He isn’t as bad as he is made out to be. Throughout the book, he proves this by redeeming himself. In the beginning, Valjean steals a loaf of bread to feed his starving family and is thrown in the galleys. He escapes and ends up at the house of the bishop. Valjean, looking for refuge for the night, is taken in by the bishop. In the middle of the night, Jean Valjean steals the bishop’s silver plates and escapes into the night. Later in the story Valjean is caught for stealing the plates. When brought to the bishop’s house, the bishop says that he gave Valjean and says that he forgot the candle sticks. The bishop tells him to use the silver for good. Before departing, the bishop tells Valjean, “forget not, never forget, that you have promised me to use this silver to become and honest man.” (34) He redeems himself by keeping his promise to the bishop by opening a factory...
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