Redemption- where emotions begin and end.

When writing I rarely think of my theme or I am not aware of the theme I’m translating into the story until the second draft. Perhaps, writers naturally include their choice of theme unknowingly and based on experiences and thoughts which have been pushed so far back in their minds they do not realize they were there. Writers are reminded of these thoughts through their characters and stories. Finding that theme for me is rewarding because themes can show me and others a glimpse of the real world. A lot of people who write, love escaping into fictional worlds.  Imagination is my ticket to wherever the hell I want to go. Nonetheless, it is impossible to completely neglect the truth of the reality. Writing is a chance to portray examples of people, cultures … Somewhere in the book is a mirror of society that people live in daily. When I find my theme or I already know it, I use it to teach myself and readers about the real world and the people who impact it, including myself of course.  At least that is my attention. The affect theory focuses on human emotions, such as guilt, sadness, love, and redemption, which is one I am taking special interest in this post. There are many more emotions listed under the affect theory. These emotions may result as a response or may be the origins to a response.

That moment where one feels as if nothing can get worse or better. What has been done cannot be undone. Redemption is true if the person wants it to be true and if she/he finds it necessary. Why does this person need to redeem him or herself? Guilt can be a common starting point which drives one to chase redemption. Whether it is from the regret of quitting high school, betraying a friend, or worse, committing some horrible crime or accident that had life traumatizing results on the person and the people close to the family member or friend. So, guilt arises, along with what I will say being at least somewhat self-absorbed. One wants to redeem him or herself to feel better. Or do they genuinely feel they owe it to the person or people impacted from this person’s action?

Books hold many examples of redemption, as do movies. Some that come to mind are A Christmas Carol, The Kite Runner, and even the Lord of the Rings trilogy can be thought of as a story of guilt and redemption. Scrooge begins as a poor-spirited and bitter person until he sees his mistakes through the moments in time shown to him by the ghosts from Christmas past and future. It is then he recognizes his mistakes. Guilty, he begins his road to redemption by giving to the people he had been hateful to. Is it out of pure guilt, or is it because he wants his character to be seen as good and not the hateful man he sees in his past and possible future?

The theme of redemption is viewed individually, meaning some consider redemption common and a positive reaction to guilt. Others view it as selfish, and people with religious beliefs may see it as wrong. Personally, it is hard for me to conclude since redemption happens in many ways. Redemption in a gangster fiction, like The Godfather, can be killing another person or people to seek revenge. In this case, redemption is associated with revenge, and more than likely the majority will see it as wrong. In this example, the person who seeks to redeem him or herself through violent revenge may end up back at the guilty stage, eventually. How will this person find redemption once again, without restarting the cycle?


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