Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is our favorite redemption arcs. I have to admit that this wasn’t easy for me. Let’s discuss my choices, shall we?
Draco from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // I think this one stems mostly from reading so much fanfiction surrounding Draco. I think his redemption arc truly started at the end of the sixth book, but I never felt truly satisfied with it at the end of Deathly Hallows. That’s where fan fiction comes in!
Jaime Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin // This is a pretty obvious choice. Jaime Lannister has one of the most prominent redemption arcs in this series. It helps that he starts off as someone so awful (you know, with the incest and attempted murder). Somehow along the way, you end up rooting for Jaime though!
Murtagh from Eragon by Christopher Paolini // I have mixed feelings on including Murtagh in his list. Because he never truly starts off as a villain, just a teenager cornered into an impossible position. Yet he does some awful things through the series as well… He’s one of my favorite characters in The Inheritance Cycle because he makes you think about what makes someone a bad person, and the situations we all have to face.
Royce from the Riyria Chronicles by Michael J. Sullivan // I chose The Riyria Chronicles for this one, because it’s closer to the start of his redemption arc than the Riyria Revelations are. You don’t get to truly experience Royce’s bad side, but he definitely wasn’t a very nice person. He was an assassin for a guild for years, until he got betrayed and sent to a labor camp. Meeting Hadrian and working with him teaches Royce kindness and trust, and you truly get to see him grow throughout the series.
Ian from The Host by Stephenie Meyer // Ian treats Wanda, the main character, horribly in the beginning. And I guess I understand where he’s coming from, considering the terrible things Wanda’s species have done to humans. But that doesn’t excuse his behavior towards another being, in my opinion. His redemption arc is wonderful to see, because you witness him get to know Wanda and realize that his prejudices may not have been the truth.
Which redemption arcs are your favorite?