Vernon ColacoMr MacDonald HRE4MJanuary 23, 2018 Left to TellThe book Left to Tell by Steve Erwin and Immaculée Ilibagiza is based off a true story that took place in the 1994 Rwandan genocide where hundreds of thousands of people were killed innocently. This book highlights her experience being isolated inside a small bathroom with 7 others for around 3 months and having to deal with the tragic loss of her family. The theme of forgiveness is evident within the book, for Ilibagiza in order to achieve internal peace she needs to forgive the people who killed her family members, God realizes that Immaculée is forgiveful for what her killers did to her family and grants her the ability to overcome come her losses even though what happened was extremely sinful. Faith is a main part of Immaculée life it constantly surrounds her throughout the duration in the isolated bathroom, she must overcome her loss and to pray to God that he might grant her the power so that she may forgive. Faith for Immaculée is what keeps her grounded it controls her emotions and gives her that motivation to physically stay strong, it is the light at the end of the tunnel that she looks for in those rough times. Her temptation towards hate amongst the people who killed her family is a constant battle that she encounters in her head, she doesn’t have faith in the sense that God might not support her thoughts and prayers because of the hated she has on those men. She could feel tempted by her unconscious mind to be angry, and what supports this that when the French General offers her the opportunity to avenge her family and says that he can kill those specific people who killed her family if she tells him the names of the people. Another scenario is when she goes to visit the village and realizes that her home has been destroyed, she immediately feels hatred towards the people but in order for her to overlook this she reminds herself of forgiveness that God has granted her with. Overall her situation within those months of being stuck in a bathroom was very unfortunate for her but it gave her enough time to come to the realization that she must forgive the sinners for what they did because killing them for her own satisfaction wouldn’t resolve anything.