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Ben Hurs Struggle with Faith a Theme The movie Ben Hur is about Judah Ben Hur an aristocratic Jew living during the Augustan age and the time of Jesus when Jud was a Roman province The Jews had historically always been oppressed and ruled over and during this age were planning revolts against the Romans so they could finally be independent Ben Hur was not only an aristocrat but also a religious leader who was close with his people as well as his god When he was taken from his home as a political punishment by the Romans particularly Mesallah his nemesis he kept his faith throughout a grueling four years as a slave oarsman for the Roman fleet But when he was finally freed from that punishment he decided that it was not his god who helped him through it but it was his own doing plus by chance events that he was freed He lives a Roman aristocratic life as a reward for saving a Roman Leaders life while completely ignoring his faith But by the end of the movie Ben Hur has a restored faith in his religion and god A theme in this movie has to do with his struggle with keeping faith Judah Ben Hur upheld his faith through the hardest of times but once they were over abandoned it He was always optimistic about being saved by God from his labor and being redeemed for his hardships Even while he was being forced to work extremely hard as an oarsman of a battleship he used his faith in God as his strength to keep working to avoid further punishment no matter how tired he was Before he was put there he was made to march through the desert along with other prisoners and kept walking despite his dehydration He regained hope after being fed by Jesus taking that act as help from God But
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