A man by the name Jimmy Valentine was a thief who was put in jail.Then when he gets out he starts doing bad things again but he turns himself around and becomes a good guy.The detective decides to let him go for this.
Everyone can change if given a second chance!
"This is your chance.Make a man of yourself.you're not a bad fellow at heart"...live a better life.
A Retrieved Reformation
"I wouldn't ever again touch another man's money."
"If someone is gracious enough to give me a second chance, I won't need a third. -Pete Rose
Jimmy breaking into safes after he goes to jail once.
He went to Richmond, Indiana, and to Logansport, to see how the safe-breaking had been done in those places. He was heard to say
“I can see that Jim Valentine has been here. He is in business again.
I think the character Jimmy valentine was most important to the theme.The reason being is the fact that he changed showing that everyone when given a second chance can change.
The officer tells Jimmy he has a second chance and to live a better life.
Jimmy,when given a second chance,first miss used it but then used it wisely.Jimmy shows the theme because he used his second chance to change.
Jimmy is in a conflict (man vs society) and has not yet taken the man's advice to change.