Ben Hur. Great movie. Except…
Ben Hur is chained in the bottom of a Roman galley, a slave, unjustly accused, with tremendous grit. They are about to go into a great battle and his chain is unfastened. Their ship is rammed, about to sink, he escapes and saves the life of Arius the general. As a reward, he is adopted as the general’s son. He has earned the right to be called Young Arius.
Ben Hur is chained in the bottom of a Roman galley, a slave justly imprisoned, with no will and no hope. The general descends into the bottom of the ship, unfastens the chain and releases Ben Hur. In his place the general chains his only son. They engage in a great battle, the ship is sunk, the son dies, the general saves the life of Ben Hur. The general adopts Ben Hur as his son, not as a reward, but because of grace. Ben Hur has earned nothing; but he is Young Arius.
Grace trumps grit.