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A major theme in literature, redemption is the salvation of a soul that is lost, usually from human error, such as greed or lust, but also from the devil’s interference in the salvation process. The revealing signs of redemption literature are a protagonist whose earthly life is sinful to the point of damnation, and a beautiful soul or force, often in the form of an innocent girl, whose actions turn the protagonist’s life around. The most famous and universally accepted example is Faust, the story of a man’s redemption from damnation by the intervention of a loved one (Margaret); a rather more subtle and indirect example is Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, in which a murderer and thief is redeemed by God’s grace. Other less obvious examples of "redemption" might be Casonova and even Don Quixote.
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