Spring is here and with it new life and new beginnings. Redemption and renewal are reoccurring themes in literature, too. The following are seven books about redemption. How many of them have you read?
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The tale of a young man turned murderer who gets away with his crime but is tortured psychologically. Eventually, he is persuaded to confess by the woman who loves him. Her love also leads him on the road to redemption.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: The tale of Jane Eyre, a woman who overcomes a challenging childhood and young adulthood. Near the end of the novel, she inherits a fortune and marries the man she loves.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: A historical fiction novel, the story is set during a tumultuous time in French history. The tale of several characters who are all maltreated in society, but who eventually make better lives for themselves. Social upheaval, however, attempts to interfere with their new lives.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: Set in London and Paris during the time of the French Revolution. Yet another story revolving around a convict and a murder. One character trades places with another for execution.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: Part of the Chronicles of Narnia series, four children evacuated during World War Two discover a portal to a magical world. There, animals talk and there is a magical battle. The children spend years in Narnia only to return through the doorway the same age as when they left.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller: This play is set during the Salem Witch trials in the 1600s. Mass hysteria hits as several members of a small town are accused of witchcraft. Though, all accused are innocent, none are willing to confess, even if it means saving their lives.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: The tale of scientist Victor Frankenstein and the creature he creates in the name of science. The Monster is feared, rejected and misunderstood and commits several crimes while Frankenstein feels guilt and seeks to destroy the Monster. In the end, both the scientist and his creation are experiencing the same feelings of remorse. The Monster vows to kill himself and end everyone’s suffering.
What novels are on your spring reading list?