Les Miserables

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Claudia Lara
English 11
Nov. 27, 2009
Fatal Flaw

In the film Les Miserables, Jean Valjean is a hero because he often sacrifices himself in order to be fair and to protect his loved ones. Valjean, a reformed convict, sacrifices himself and gives up his freedom after a long period of his life time hiding from Javert, because he would never let an injustice occur. Javert an inspector from the French police, has been trying to prove that Jean Valjean is a convict ever since the day he saw Valjean helped a man who was about to the crushed by wagon. He had a type of a flashback of Valjean back in prison. Javert was sure he was right, so he went to give notice to the authorities and tell Valjean what he had discovered about his past. After the visit of the inspector Javert, Valjean decides to go to the trial of this man who is accused of being the real Jean Valjean. During the trial, Valjean feels guilty because he thought it was not fair that this innocent man had to pay for him, so he decided to sacrifice himself and tell the truth about who he was. Even though he knew that telling the truth meant giving up everything, he still did it. In front of everybody in the court Valjean said, "I'm the guy you want, I'm the real Jean Valjean, and I can prove it to you!"(Le Mis). Valjean did not care about giving up his freedom after years and years of being hiding and lying about his true identity. He told the truth because he knew it was not fair that an innocent man would have to take his blame. His kindness and consideration led him to the decision of confessing who he really was. Having to think about other people's happiness before yours was his big fatal flaw. He could not let an injustice happen even if it meant sacrificing himself and that is what makes Jean Valjean a hero!
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