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Jean Valjean

Thematic Analysis In Victor Hugo’s emotional excerpt, “Jean Valjean and the Bishop” from Les Miserables, he demonstrates the important effect that love and compassion can have on even the most hardened people. Set in nineteenth century France, the story is given a grim industrial tone that helps support the theme. Through the use of symbolism, strong character traits and well placed situational irony at the end of the story Hugo conveys the universal truth about life that love and compassion...

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Jean Valjean and Ethical Theories

Jean Valjean, Stole a loaf of bread and was sentenced to 19 years in jail. The loaf of bread was for his neice who was starving. After being released, he could have continued to act like the criminal everyone thought he was. He was depressed and absolutely hated the system that allowed him to have such cruel punishment. Luckily he was saved by the Bishop of Digne who through Love and kindness, helped Valjean get back on his feet and create a better life for himself. Valjean went off and built a successful...

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The Ways Jean Valjean Both Helps and Hinders Cosette in Les Miserables

The Ways Jean Valjean both Helps and Hinders Cosette in Les Miserables In the 19th century of France most of the children were poor orphans because parents could not provide for their children. Usually they would throw the boys on the streets but keep the girls because they could make profit off of them. However, some orphans like Cosette as portrayed in Les Miserables found someone who would love and care for them. Upon careful research this paper will show not only how Jean Valjean helped Cosette...

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A Character Analysis of Hugo's Javert, from Les Miserables

true rationalist. Like Medieval philosophers, he believes that people will naturally resort to evil, and that these people can never be saved or reformed. Javert is the true rationalist because he believes the law is the highest authority, sees Jean Valjean as purely evil, and because he wholeheartedly believes in the infallibility of the law. Javert believes the law is the highest authority throughout Les Miserables. When his character is first described, Hugo states "It will be easily understood...

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Character Analysis- Les Mis

Miserables, by Victor Hugo, the protagonist, Jean Valjean changes throughout the course of the novel from a contemptible, conniving ex-convict to an noble, compassionate, and heroic man. During his time in jail, Jean Valjean’s heart becomes corrupted; he realizes the world detests him for who he is. However, a bishop named Myriel shows him great kindness and compassion for him, which transforms him forever. In a small town, Montreuil-sur-mer, Valjean restores economic and social balance as well as...

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Les Misérables

reestablish their country. Strict laws with harsh penalties became the norm in France. Jean Valjean (a poor peasant) was sentenced to 10 years in the galley when he stole a loaf of bread to feed his family. In the movie Jean Valjean is known as an ex-convict, he was not respected by any one. When Jean Valjean got out of prison no one from around the town would let him sleep or eat at their house. Jean Valjean had great hardships because of being as an ex-convict, and he had to cover the scars from...

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Les Miserables

duty was to carry out the law which are examples of rule absolutes which offer no room for exceptions (Thiroux, Krasemann, 2012, p. 87). The Inspector becomes obsessed with the capture of Jean ValJean, a criminal who must be caught and brought to justice. The film begins with the story of a man, Jean ValJean, who is first introduced to the viewer in a prison setting, where later you find out he was imprisoned for theft. After serving nine-teen years of punishment in prison for his crime he is...

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Les Miserables

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 him as a criminal. This made Valjean unable to live a normal life again. Today, due to the media and the abundance of information that is available for everyone on the internet these days...

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Social Injustice in Les Miserables

Hugo goes into details about the obscene monstrosities of destitution in order to unveil the execrable environment, while bequeathing optimism to those who venture for virtue. Major character, Jean Valjean, falls victim to the tainted legal system and their corrupt, atrocious ways. When released, Valjean becomes ecstatic thinking about freedom, until he realizes that even though he was released from prison, he will never be free: “He had believed in a new life. He soon saw what sort of liberty that...

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Les Miserables

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 struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. It examines the nature of law and grace, and expounds upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial...

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