Les Misérables is an epic tale of hope, empathy, sympathy, redemption and hate set in post-revolutionary France. Written by acclaimed author Victor Hugo, Les Misérables follows the transformation of its two main characters from criminal to honest man and from dedicated reactionary to compassionate fellow man. Written sometime between 1845 and 1862, Hugo provides a detailed look into nineteenth century France's society and politics. BY combining his story of redemption with the wrongdoings of the French government, Hugo sharply criticized French political policies and hoped his work may encourage change for the future. Hugo describes the setting of Les Misérables with great detail. Part of the motives of Hugo were to set a tone of miserable elements for the lead character Valjean, and for anyone who lived under the poverty line in France in the early nineteenth century. Poverty was rampant during these times and with the radical "science" of reactionaries, many people were condemned for life due to a mistake they may have made early in their life. The surroundings and details described are very accurate and play a very large role in the storyline. This description of the elements faced by the poor and underprivileged was an obvious stab at the government and greatly emphasizes the story's plot of redemption. The characters in Les Misérables, while not historically factual characters, are very easily believed and would fit perfectly into the time period. Jean Valjean, the protagonist, is an ex-convict who leaves behind a life of theft and deceit for a life as an honest man. He takes on a new persona and makes his fortune honestly and ultimately makes his goal in life redemption. Javert is the story's antagonist and is a reactionary who believes in the law and will stop at nothing to enforce the harsh laws of France. With no pity, he believes that humans are either inherently good or bad. He sees Valjean's fortunes as an injustice and chases him relentlessly.
Les Miserables After reading Les Miserables, it is without a doubt that there are many reoccurring themes of biographical outlines for characters. Along with that, there is the aspect of forgiveness, courage, and sacrifice. These are only a few of the main themes Hugo wanted to build up in Les Miserables. Uses theme of forgiveness"¦"¦"¦.
Victor Hugo's target was to write a historical novel. This is expressed through the way the novel is affected by the French Revolution. Forgiveness, a repetitive….
Les Miserables is one of the most popular Broadway musicals of the century. It is based upon a novel written in the nineteenth century by a French novelist named Victor Hugo. The story follows a man named Jean Valjean who struggles with his everyday life of being an ex-convict. We see throughout the story line his experience of redemption and how he tries to become at peace with himself and God. The musical also provides an understanding into the idea of God’s presence in our world.
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Other Times, Other Places: Les Misérables
Author: Victor Hugo
Year: 1987 (New English Translation by Lee Fahnestock and Norman MacFee). 1830 (Victor Hugo’s Original)
Title: Les Misérables
Country of Publication: New York, United States of America
Set in the early 18th century, Les Misérables spans a few generations of people, who fought for freedom and well-being in a harsh world as pre-revolution and post-Napoleon France was. The story follows the political progress in France, for the second….
The Long-Term Effects of the French Revolution on French Society
In les Miserable, “Hugo traces the social impact of the numerous revolutions, insurrections, and executions that took place in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century France”(39). The writer sympathises with the people and the republican movements rather than the monarchy. In his novel he criticizes all of the regimes sense the French Revolution because it doesn’t deal fairly with the social injustice and there are to….
The movie “Les Miserables” revolved around the character of Jean Valjean and on how did he surpass the problems that he encountered. The character of Jean Valjean is influenced and linked with other characters whose lives become intertwined.
Jean Valjean was an honest man who committed a minor crime of stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family.His criminal records led him to have a hard time finding employment, lodgings and place in the society. Despite of these hardships he….
Name of Film: Les Miserables
Director: Tom Hooper
Genre: Epic Novel
I . Introduction
Les Miserables is a French Novel by Victor Hugo. In the English world, Les Miserables can be translated from the French as The Miserables, The Wretched, The Miserable Ones, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, or The Victims.
Les Miserables was one of Victor Hugo’s greatest works.
Some of Victor Hugo’s sources came from what happened in his life.
Jean Valjean’s character is….
The Role of Economics in Human Life
In the film Les Miserables, most of the scenes focus on how human strives for his own survival. Like in the character of Fantine who symbolizes the powerless and discriminated women at that time due to lack of education and wealth. They are also those who are good but poor and hopeless women condemned by the cruel society. Moreover, through the character of Fantine reveals the hypocrisy of the society that ostracizes and discriminates women. Through these miseries….
In Webster’s Dictionary the word justice is defined by the words fairness and rightfulness. Around the world, the figure of justice is portrayed as blind from all information but objective facts. In the novel Les Miserables written by Victor Hugo, the figure of justice is meant to be completely blind, but it does not stay totally blind. Jean Valjean, the main character of the novel had been a prisoner for 19 years. When he was released from prison he was given a yellow ticket that identified….
Reaction Paper – Les Miserables
Les Misérables translated variously from French as The Miserable Ones, The Wretched, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims) (1862) is a novel by French author Victor Hugo and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty-year period in the early 19th century, starting in 1815, the year of Napoleon's final defeat at Waterloo.
The novel focuses on the….
The novel Les Misérables was written in 1862 by Victor Hugo. Behind the plot of Les Misérables lie inklings about the meaning of life and about human nature. Components of Romanticism and Realism are used by Hugo in order to successfully project his feelings about the plight of mankind. Various components of Romanticism and Realism can be found in Les Misérables, especially in the characters of Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert.
Romanticism was an artistic and intellectual movement in the history….