The Longing to Escape Society in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and Jonathon Larson’s “Will I?" from Rent

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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. The song states “Will I lose my dignity? Will someone care?” (Larson). In the play “Rent”, in which this song is from, HIV-Positive people are singing about how horrible the disease is; and how no one, including the society of New York, really cares. This is evident in the novel; because the novel explains the fate of Fantine, who has sinned and must live with the reminder for the rest of her life. Fantine exclaims “’Sister, tell me, where is Cosette? I want my ch...

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