Human Nature (Les Miserables)

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I agree with the statement, “In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo is trying to say that human nature is basically good”. Victor Hugo is doing this by having his book consist of many characters who symbolize human nature’s goodness within the story. This is because he creates goodness within the characters by making them be forgiving, thankful, become morally righteous, and possess good intentions towards helping others therefore, Hugo’s message is to tell people that human nature is good but society is what makes them sometimes posses a bad personality. Another way Hugo is saying that human nature is good is when he makes all the characters, which resemble human beings, forgive their antagonist, be compassionate, and become unselfish just like Jean Valjean and Javert did by both freeing each other. Human nature is not bad because in the book human beings do not let their id take complete control of their decision making instead they let their superego and ego take part in their decision making. Another reason why human nature is not bad is because people learn fear and hatred thus meaning that in the beginning they were good but toward the end they learned but not are bad just like some characters in the book. I agree with the statement, “In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo is trying to say that human nature is basically good”.

There is a quote in the book Les Miserables which states why human nature is basically good on page 313: “Jean Valjean cut the martingale which Javert had about his neck, then he cut the ropes which he had on his wrists, then, stooping down, he cut the cord which he had on his feet; and, rising, he said to him; ‘You are free’. Javert was not easily astonished. Still complete master of himself, he could not escape an emotion. He stood aghast and motionless,” In this quote human nature is good because Jean Valjean frees Javert who is resembling human being’s this meaning that he sees good in all humans therefore humans are all good. Hugo also tries...
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