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Justice and Love in Hugo's Les Misérables - The nineteenth century was an era distinguished by invention, progress, and social change. Countries were busy healing from previous wars while fighting ongoing battles at the same time. Nationalism and militarism became extremely evident around the world as advances in science and exploration propelled new discoveries. Significant movements, such as Romanticism and the Industrial Revolution, stemmed in Europe and swept the masses, spreading widely across nations. The rapid growth of the British Empire, alongside the calamitous fall of the French Empire, marked the beginning of the eventful nineteenth century....   [tags: Les Misérables] 1986 words
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Loving Sacrifices Illustrated in Victor Hugo’s Novel, Les Misérables - Some people will do anything for those they love, no matter what the cost. In literature, this act of sacrifice is often exaggerated and glorified. Almost every novel contains some example of sacrifice, a giving up of something dear and precious without thought of material repayment. Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables, is no exception. It is, in fact, full to overflowing of sacrifice between its different characters. Two such characters are Eponine and Jean Valjean, who each sacrifice an extraordinary amount to other characters....   [tags: Les Misérables] 800 words
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The Triumph of Les Misérables - The Triumph of Les Misérables   Les Misérables (1862), a novel set in early nineteenth century France, presents a story of obsessions in honor, love, and duty, and through it redemption and salvation. It is the story of the poor Jean Valjean, condemned to an unfair amount of time in prison and a life on the run for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving family. The kind act of forgiveness from a Bishop with whom Jean Valjean stays one night, changes the course in which he chooses to live his life....   [tags: Les Misérables Miserables Essays]
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Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo - ... Due to his actions, “Jean Valjean was found guilty and condemned to five years in the galleys.” (Book 1, VI, Pg. 72) During his time in jail he educated himself in essential life abilities such as writing and reading, which ended up being and advantage in the future. After Jean Valjean was released from jail he stayed the night at Monsieur Myriel’s house, he woke up bright and early in the morning and made the decision to take his set of silver. Three gendarmes had thought Jean Valjean was suspicious and brought him back to Monsieur....   [tags: fate, supernatural power ] 517 words
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Les Misérables - Upon reflecting over today’s incessantly changing society, it becomes apparent that society as a whole remains vastly different compared to previous centuries. However, in order to achieve that vital change, select individuals, figures of the unprecedented modification of character that parallels society’s diverse changes, must effectively model it. Therefore, change, as regarded in the general public today, remains an indigenous occurrence that serves as a paramount part of our lives. As an author during the nineteenth century in France, Victor Hugo portrayed the role of change and the transforming of individuals over time through his complex, thematic melodramas and served as one of the mo...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Victor Hugo] 1114 words
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Comparasion and Contrast: Les Misérables and Of Mice and Men - ... For Of Mice and Men, the intent focuses more on morals. It shows morals and the potential moral ambiguity, and makes a reader likely question their morals. Victor Hugo’s views and thoughts on reform are based very much around factual events and things he went through and people he met in his life, something easily reflected in Les Misérables. He accomplishes a goal of showing philosophical turmoil and showcasing the injustices of the time beautifully, but subtly. The other novel being taken into consideration in this essay, Of Mice and Men, makes it much more obvious what his aim is....   [tags: convict, struggle, purpose, team] 842 words
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Rise Above the Misery in Les Misérables by Victor Hugo - ... Similarly, the same theme also emerges when Valjean begins the process of acquiring Cosette, he gives her a doll and she looks at it as if “someone had suddenly said to her: Little girl, you are the queen of France” (341). The aforementioned quotation demonstrates how with the one simple gesture, Valjean giving the mistreated Cosette a doll, her whole world outlook is changed. By following through with that kind gift, Valjean transforms a simple, meager, mistreated girl and gives her confidence beyond comparison....   [tags: fate, life, symbolism]
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The Timeless Power of Les Miserables - The Timeless Power of Les Miserables       The book Les Miserables, written by Victor Hugo in 1862, created a sensation throughout the world (Royston and Schlesinger 2). That impression continued through theatrical productions and most recently the musical, but the book contains greater detail and adds a deeper understanding of Hugo's epic story than the movie or musical portray. Regretfully, few people in World society take the time to relish this masterpiece. Living in a fast paced world, many people today consider reading a time-consuming, senseless activity, and those who still read most likely choose a shorter novel rather than the 1500 page story of Les Miserables....   [tags: Les Misérables Miserables Essays]
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Positive and Negative Influences in Great Expectations, Les Miserables, and Wuthering Heights - In any good novel, and even in life, people can be influenced in both positive and negative ways. In the three novels that we have read so far, Great Expectations, Lés Misérables, and Wuthering Heights, the main characters are faced with negative challenges and influences. Positive guides and influences also affect the characters in these books; the positive guides usually end up winning in the end. In Great Expectations, the main character of the story was Pip. Some of the negative influences that Pip faces include poverty, low self-esteem, abuse, fear, and lack of love....   [tags: Great Expectations, Les Miserables]
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An Archetypal and Sociological Analysis of Les Miserables - “Look down and see the beggars at your feet. Look down and show some mercy if you can. Look down and see the sweepings of the street. Look down, look down upon your fellow man” (Schönberg 38). In these short, desperate lines, viewers of the musical Les Misérables are shown the world of the beggars of Paris in 1832. The musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables has made an lasting impact on its followers since it’s opening nearly 30 years ago (Les Misérables: Creation of the Musical)....   [tags: beggars, french revolution, injustice]
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Les Miserables, directed by Billie August - The epic movie Les Misérables, directed by Billie August, tells the tale of life and exploits of a man named Jean Valjean. Valjean was convicted of stealing food at young age, but after being released from prison and rising through the ranks to become the mayor of Vigo, he finds himself being constantly pursued by one of his ex-prison guards. This man, Javert, is determined to have Valjean locked up once again. During this intense struggle, it becomes easy to see that different people from this time period decide to follow the law in different ways....   [tags: Film Analysis, Summary] 825 words
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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - 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....   [tags: essays research papers] 1106 words
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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo is Indeed a Romantic Novel - ... At this point Jean Valjean goes to the trial to confront the court and tell them to “release the accused… [and] order my arrest…I am Jean Valjean” (Hugo 118). Valjean throws away his life for another and at this moment Valjean’s spirit grows even more. Another moment when he experiences spiritual growth is when he takes in Cosette as his daughter. For 25 years Valjean feels no emotional attachment to anyone in his life except upon caring for Cosette, “Something new was entering his soul” (Hugo 183)....   [tags: love, political ideas]
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The Oppression of Women - The historic novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo tells the story of several characters who fall victim to 19th-century French society. Fantine, a struggling single mother, is forced into circumstances that parallel what countless women face today. Unable to find work and falling behind on her debts to her child’s caretakers, Fantine is forced to sell all of her belongings, hair, teeth, and eventually her body. She did not choose to enter into prostitution, as many women today do not; they are forced into sexual slavery as a means to survive....   [tags: Sex Trafficking, Rape Culture, Les Mis]
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Effects of Love in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - The effects of love are different for each individual. Professor John Cacioppo discovered, “... love deprivation, unrequited love and loneliness have negative consequences on work performance and mental health...40 percent of people who are rejected in love experience depression” (A). Those who have happy childhood experiences filled with love, are more able to express their feelings of love to others. However, those whose childhood experiences lack the emotion of love, have difficulty showing any emotion to another....   [tags: Les Miserables]
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Les Miserables - Reconciliation between a Man and Himself - Les Miserables - Reconciliation between a Man and Himself The ending of the Victor Hugo novel, Les Miserables, contains a reconciliation between a man and himself, and his family. This is, in many ways, the entire purpose of the book. Goodness or saintliness can be achieved,  despite difficult or unwholesome beginnings. This theme is an enduring one, because of both its truth and its presentation. Fay Weldon may as well have been  describing Les Miserables when she said "The writer, I do believe, who get the best and most lasting response from readers are the writers who offer happy endings  through moral development .......   [tags: Les Miserables] 635 words
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Les Miserables - Les Miserables Throughout peoples lives they will be influenced due to other people and events. There are many ways people can be influenced. In the book Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, three different people influence Jean Valjean. The first influence on Jean was by the bishop. Another influence on Jean was Cosette. A third influence on Jean was Javert. Each of these are people who play a large role in Jean's life. The bishop was one of Jeans first and most important influences involving kindness and forgiveness....   [tags: Les Miserables] 828 words
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The Transformation of Jean Valjean Exemplified in Les Miserables - All humans have different morals that change based on their environment and circumstance. Jean Valjean, in the novel Les Miserables(1961), changes from someone with confused morals to a man with more morals than most whom with respect learns to love and share. The protagonist’s transformation begins when the bishop recognizes Jean Valjean’s human soul that is capable of goodness. When he is put out into the streets, Valjean goes from place to place being rejected for being a convict until he meets the bishop who sees him as a common person, “That men saw his mask, but the bishop saw his face”(75)....   [tags: Les Mis, ] 632 words
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The Longing to Escape Society in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and Jonathon Larson’s “Will I?" from Rent - The character of Fantine relates to the song lyrics in the song “Will I?” because they both explain desperate situations. Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and Jonathon Larson’s “Will I?” from the musical Rent. Both works are comparable, to each other because they both demonstrate a longing to escape and the terror of having no support from society. The song and the novel show the despair of a mistake made and the misery which results from an unforgiving society. The song explains how terrible it is to make an error that will affect a person’s entire life, and how it feels when no one acknowledges or tries to help them....   [tags: Rent, Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, Jonathon Larson] 533 words
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Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and Jean Valjean - Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and Jean Valjean "Is there not in every human soul, was there not in the particular soul of Jean VaIjean, a primitive spark, a divine element, incorruptible in this world, immortal in the next, which can be developed by good, kindled, lit up, and made resplendently radiant, and which evil can never entirely extinguish." (Hugo, p. 78) Victor Hugo's 1862 epic novel Les Miserables ranks among the literary greats of the 19th Century. Despite its awesome length, it has remained as one of the most approachable readings of literature....   [tags: Victor Hugo Les Miserables Jean Valjean Essays]
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Les Miserables at Imperial Theater - ... The play presented most of my favorite parts as demonstrated by the novel. In fact, while I was watching, I couldn’t help feeling so engrossed; I felt like I was actually there when all the events were unfolding. Les Miserables is based on the idea that no one is perfect since Valjean is guilty of certain thefts for which he feels remorse. Valjean assumes the identity of Monsieur Madeliene in order to avoid arrest as well as the life sentence associated with his offenses. It’s fascinating to note that under his fake identity, Valjean becomes the mayor of a small town he adopted....   [tags: victor hugo, orchestra, singers] 538 words
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Analysis of the Play Les Miserables - ... The show was very touching, as well as heartbreaking. The way people use to be treated was unheard of and wrong. The show represented courage, pride and prosperity. The way Fantine stood up for herself, was brave, and everyone should use her as an example of courage and pride. The basic headline of the play was a man named Jean Valjean who lived with a preacher after being released from prison. The preacher took him in when no one would give him a second chance. The preacher got up in the middle of the night to find Jean stealing his gold candle sticks and called the police....   [tags: drama, stage, props, actors, clothing] 527 words
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Les Miserables: Redemption by the Divine - Throughout history, mankind has always found his calling, reasons, and purpose in the form of a God, a high power singular or a collection of them plural. As a result, an author's own systematic religious beliefs will often influence both the message of their story, and the differentiating morals of their characters. Victor Hugo infers himself to be God-fearing man in Les Miserables, specifically implying it through both Valjean and Javert's beliefs about God around the start of the story, their understanding and interpretation of what would be morally accepted under the laws of God during, and their "return" back to God near the end....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - ... seizes a handful of snow from the sidewalk, and throws it hastily down her back between her naked shoulders” (69). Enraged, Fantine lashes out at the man, only to be blamed later on for attacking an “innocent” passerby. Being a victim of circumstance and poverty, Fantine is unable to stand for herself, and is rather viewed as an inferior figure. Her vain attempts in defending herself are instead deemed invalid and cast aside by the officers who come to the man’s aid. Fantine’s mistreatment only comes to show that women did not have a voice in order to defend themselves simply because of their ranking in society....   [tags: social evils of French society, novel analysis] 800 words
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Les Miserables Connections to Charity - True virtue has no limits, but goes on and on, and especially holy charity, which is the virtue of virtues, and which having a definite object, would become infinite if it could meet with a heart capable of infinity. -St. Francis de Sales It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for "God is Charity" (1 John 4:8) -St. Albert the Great The heartfelt emotion of charity shines throughout Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables....   [tags: Character Analysis, Devotion to God]
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Les Miserables and Great Expectations - ... Pip basically ignores any of Biddy’s efforts and is blinded by his love for Estella. Estella has been placed on a golden pedestal by Pip and anyone around him can’t prove to him that Estella isn’t for him. Charles Dickens proves Pip’s actions in one simple quote; “There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart” (Dickens) Love is blinding and harmful. Marius and Cosette represent the other side of the love spectrum. They both express affection for one another and work towards having a healthy, true relationship....   [tags: Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens novel analysis]
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Les Miserables Theatre Critique - ... David Lowe playing the role of Javert our antagonist in the production stole the show with his portrayal of Javert our unfortunate villain. When Lowe is on stage he commands your presence with a voice that is rich, booming and at times guttural. Javert is a by the books officer and Jean Valjean our hero played by Gavin Edwards is for lack of a better words a law breaker. Edwards while lacking the presence of Lowe, is like fresh cool water to Lowes heat. Edward’s portrayal of Valjean is understated and Edwards makes his performance of Valjean look easy and it was not until after the show that I truly appreciated his acting talent....   [tags: Sands theater company] 802 words
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Vivtor Hugo's Les Miserables - ... Of the young lady!" (347). She does this without even wanting something in return, which is quite opposite from how she was raised: "I don't want your money" (348). Eponine ultimately illustrates how she has changed at the barricade. Before her transformation she would not have sacrificed herself for anyone else, but since she has changed she makes the biggest sacrifice of all. She takes a bullet for Marius. Eponine's character helps to develop the overall theme of Les Miserables. Jean Valjean is the epitome of how one can change as he transformed from a hardened criminal to a honest and selfless man....   [tags: story and character analysis] 627 words
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Les Miserables - ... Also it involved over one hundred million people and more than thirty countries, causing fifty to eighty five million deaths worldwide(Wenborn 170). The war ended six years later when Germany was invaded and the United States dropped bombs on Japan(Wenborn 175). Another historical event would be the Great Depression which was known as a severe worldwide economic depression(Wenborn 168). It started in the United States around the 1930’s when the stock prices drastically fell in value(Wenborn 170)....   [tags: play analysis, musical elements] 862 words
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Les Miserables - If one were to ask what the basis of human nature and civilization encompasses, I would tell them to read Victor Hugo’s epic novel, Les Miserables (1862). Set in various locations in France, spanning from 1815 to 1832, the novel follows the main protagonist, Jean Valjean. The story begins with the Bishop of Digne and his daily life. Jean Valjean, a released convict, stumbles upon the town where the Bishop lives and is shunned from every inn he goes to due to his status as a former prisoner. The only one who will let him take shelter is the Bishop of Digne....   [tags: French Literature] 836 words
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French Revolution Inspired Les Miserables - ... The people that were able to rise from their social ranking were people who worked hard and were able to make money themselves. Unlike the nobles, the bourgeois’ money is earned through hard work and not passed down from a bloodline. Although they were successful in earning money, they still did not like the oppression and restrictions that the monarch had on them. The bourgeoisie wanted a larger political participation and more economic freedom in their work. The major concern was that the king didn’t care enough about the people....   [tags: soul, moral, philosophy]
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Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Les Misèrables was written by Victor Hugo, and published in 1862. It has been translated into many different languages, and turned into a play and movie as when as being a book. When a friend asked Hugo why he wrote the book he replied as follows, "I condemn slavery, I banish poverty, I teach ignorance, I treat disease, I lighten the night, and I hate hatred. That is what I am, and that is why I have written Les Misèrables." The book Les Misèrables tells of Hugo’s life, and of France in the early 1800’s while telling a tale of change, conflicts between classes, and justice....   [tags: Papers] 837 words
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Similarites Between "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame" and "Les Miserables" - Victor Hugo uses themes that reoccur in both The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. He clearly states the plights of the century and the great eternal questions that humans have the desire to know but do not have the courage to ask. In Hugo’s novels, modern readers will be enthralled with the larger than life characters and their incessant battle with evil. The two novels have more similarities than differences. They include paradox and irony, a romantic tone, obsession and betrayal as themes, and last they both involve a great deal of imagery and emphasis on characterization and setting....   [tags: Literary Themes] 1254 words
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Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo: Impact of the Marginal Character - The impact of the Marginal Character “Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has” – (Alphonse Karr). Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables takes place during the tumultuous time of the French Revolution. A period of radical, social, and political upheaval in France, a time when one’s true character is revealed. “French society underwent an epic transformation as religious, feudal, and aristocratic privileges evaporated under a sustained assault from liberal political groups and the masses on the streets....   [tags: French Revolution, Analysis]
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Character Analysis of Javert, in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables - ... His character is painted as somewhat of an automaton. He thinks through things clearly in his head and has a conscience, but his actions seem almost mechanical. For example, when he drags Fantine out of the town square, despite her pleas for “mercy,” his decision remains unwavering. This situation also shows Javert as an impassive and an unmerciful police officer. Javert plays the main antagonist in the movie. His outlook that we should treat criminals without mercy is what makes him obsessed with putting Valjean, the protagonist, behind bars....   [tags: authority, conscience, suicide]
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Les Miserables versus A Tale of Two Cities - Both St. Francis and St. Albert offer a strong understanding of what charity mean. Likewise so do Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo. In Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, love presents itself as the underlying leitmotif. Through the life-changing exchange between Bienvenu and Valjean, to Syndey Carton willingly giving his life in place of Darnay, all the way to Lucy Manette and Valjean saving lives of others through their selflessness, Hugo and Dickens deliver the true meaning of love....   [tags: Hugo & Dickens deliver the true meaning of love]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God and Les Miserables - Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.” Some men never find their ships. The works Their Eyes Were Watching God and Les Miserables can be compared due to the many similarities they share. It can be said that there is complete lack of happiness throughout the both of them....   [tags: playing God, story comparison] 796 words
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Les Miserables - I found the book Les Miserables, written by Victor Hugo, to be an all around enjoyable story. The way Hugo arranged and worded his sentences were very clever. Because of these sentences, during the slow or boring parts, I remained interested. However, many parts of the book I found to be confusing. Hugo did not seem to give much information or background about why the characters did what they did. One of the most puzzling parts in Les Miserables was Javert's stubborness to capture Jean Valjean and put him back in prison....   [tags: essays research papers] 471 words
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Les Miserables - Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, starts out with Valjean saying how he is 19 years old and a thief. The novel goes through his whole life. It explains the many conflicts he faces. But mainly it shows how he tries to escape his past during the French Revolution. Valjean was not a very wealthy man. He stole a piece of bread because he was hungry. He got tried and committed as if he had done a major crime and served 5 years in prison. He ended up doing 19 years of hard labor because he had tried to escape and failed....   [tags: essays research papers] 561 words
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Les Miserables - In his novel, Les Miserables, author Victor Hugo makes a strong statement about society being the cause for evil in man. Les Miserables is based on a poor man, Jean Valjean, who was arrested for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving baby. Valjean is sentenced to 20 years for his crime, and, when he is released, he is shunned for his past, which he has more than paid for. Society turns him out at every turn for his past crime, and will hear no excuses for his deed. With this scenario, Hugo shows the cruelty of a “civilized” world that would cause a man to suffer unending prejudice for stealing a single loaf of bread to feed a small child....   [tags: essays research papers] 947 words
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Les Miserables - Les Miserables In Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables Jean Valjean goes through many difficult struggles and finds the much needed influence to help him. There are three characters who influence Jean: Bishop Bienvenu, Cosette, and Bishop Bienvenu’s influence on Jean is similar to that of a father’s influence on his son. Bishop Bienvenu’s influence is critical to the start of Jean’s life after prison. The Bishop was the only person that would shelter Jean for that long first night. During the night Jean stole his silver wear....   [tags: essays research papers] 460 words
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Les Miserables - Les Miserables "Les Miserables" is about a man, Jean Valjean, who has just been released from the galleys after 19 years of imprisonment. He is in search of food and shelter, but all the taverns and inns in D----- have rejected him, because he is a former convict. He then meets a woman in front of the church who tells him to go to the house where the bishop lives. Although the bishop knows Valjean is a convict, he takes him in, and gives him food and shelter. However, Valjean is still tempted to steal from the bishop....   [tags: essays papers] 671 words
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Les Miserables - Can we really say we know what a hard life is. The character Fantine in Les Miserables definitely had a hard life, with no breaks. She had a daughter who she adored and never got to see. She worked most of her life and always lived in poverty. Death came upon Fantine while she was in the hospital wishing only to see her child. First, working, for anyone is no easy task. It's especially hard when you have a child. Fantine felt very bad that she couldn't give her baby daughter, Cosette, everything she deserved....   [tags: essays research papers] 403 words
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Les Miserables - Victor Hugo made it so that the characters in Les Miserables progressed throughout the novel. The theme “progress” can be seen and used widely. Three main characters, Jean Valjean, Cossette, and Javert expressed positive and negative forms of growth. Jean Valjean began the story as an ex-convict who was searching for food and shelter after working in the galleys for sixteen years. Unfortunately, he failed to receive compassion from any lodging, or home. While he was wandering through the streets after been rejected so many times, "he came to the prefecture then to the seminary....   [tags: essays research papers] 906 words
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Les Miserables - In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo portrays human nature in a neutral state. Humans are born with neither good nor bad instincts, but rather society affects our actions and thoughts. Hugo portrays the neutral state of mind through Jean Valjean and Cosette. The two extremes of good and evil are represented through Thénardier and the bishop. Good and evil coexists in the society and affects Valjean and Cosette. It is the two extremes of good and evil that dictate the lives of Valjean and Cosette. The bishop represents charity and love....   [tags: essays research papers] 800 words
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Les Belles Images par Simone de Beauvoir - Le sujet des Belles images est le féminisme mais pas seulement » Qu’en pensez-vous . Justifiez votre réponse en vous appuyant sur des exemples tirés du roman. "Les Belles Images" par Simone de Beauvoir a souvent été classé comme un roman féministe. Cependant, Beauvoir a rejeté cette catégorisation. C'est parce que "Les Belles Images" n'est pas uniquement un roman féministe, il est aussi une exploration de l'existentialisme. Dans cet essai, je vais discuter le roman de Beauvoir sous les thèmes de l'existentialisme et le féminisme....   [tags: Les Belles Images]
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Willful Ignorance in Les Blancs - Willful Ignorance in Les Blancs   Race relations is a constant effort of identifying with one another. However, it is difficult to identify with another race when one is not able or willing to know about the other. While Charlie and Tshembe both have experience with Western culture, there still remains a sense of ignorance between the two. Despite Charlie's desire to build a bridge between himself and Tshembe, their relationship doesn't extend beyond the superficial higher level. Part of this is due to their own stubbornness, but there are many other factors to their broken relationship....   [tags: Hansberry Les Blancs Essays] 1851 words
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A Historical Feminist Analysis of Orange is the New Black - Today, women have many of the same privileges as men. This includes the right to free speech, personal safety and education. Women’s rights have progressed dramatically since the French Revolution, but the cycle of poverty still affects many women today, specifically women of minorities and/or who have been incarcerated. Two popular adaptions of this unfortunate phenomenon and characters affected by it are Fantine, a single-mother trying to provide for her daughter, in the film “Les Miserables”, based on Victor Hugo’s experiences of the French Revolution then turned into a book, and the various female characters playing female inmates in the popular TV series “Orange is the New Black”, whic...   [tags: feminism, les miserables, women's rights]
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