les mis cosette

Topics: Les Misérables, Jean Valjean, Fantine Pages: 2 (494 words) Published: December 12, 2014
Rozi Larsen
November 14, 2014
FDCA 101 Williams
Cosette
Quote: “Something new was entering his soul. Jean Valjean had never loved anything… When he saw Cosette, when he had taken her, carried her away, and rescued her, he felt his heart moved. All that he had of feeling and affection was aroused and vehemently attracted towards this child” (123). Symbol:

To begin, Hugo uses Fauchelevent as a symbol of how good deeds have positive effects. In Fantine, Valjean saved Fauchelevent from underneath a carriage. On page 143 it says, “Jean Valjean remembered. Chance that is to say, Providence, had thrown him precisely into this convent of the Quartier Saint Antoine, to which old Fauchelevent crippled by his fall from his cart, had been admitted, upon his recommendation, two years before.” It seems like up until now, that Valjean’s kindness had only brought him trouble. His initial rescue of Valjean raised Javert’s suspicions, but now his kindness pays off with his run into Fauchelevent. It seems as though that Valjean’s run into Fauchelevent is extremely unlikely, and would never happen in a real life situation. Hugo suspends the realism aspect to emphasize the idea that good deeds have positive effects. His use of Fauchelevent as a symbol shows this idea. Theme:

One of the most obvious themes in this section is love. On page 123 it says, “Something new was entering his soul. Jean Valjean had never loved anything… When he saw Cosette, when he had taken her, carried her away, and rescued her, he felt his heart moved. All that he had of feeling and affection was aroused and vehemently attracted towards this child.” Throughout the book of Fantine, Valjean acts on his natural instinct to escape. He escapes from the prison, he leaves Myriel’s house, and he flees from Javert’s presence. It is the first time where he does something that is not natural to him. In the quote stated it says that he had never loved anything. Since Cosette is now...
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