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Les Misérables Assessment

By: Victoria LaBrosse
by Victoria LaBrosse on 18 January 2013

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By: Victoria LaBrosse Les Misérables Final Exam Cosette Thesis Statement: Bishop Bienvenu Thesis Statement: M. Gillenormand Thesis Statement: Thesis Statement: Assertion: Example 1: Example 2: Jean Valjean In the novel, Les Misérables, the author showed through Jean Valjean, that there is more than right and wrong, that one can be a good man and have done what society sees as 'wrong'. In Les Misérables, Jean Valjean does many good deeds in his life, but is still looked down upon as a convict. Assertion: Example 1: Example 2: Fantine Thesis Statement: Assertion: Example One: Example Two: Javert Thesis Statement: Assertion: Example One: Example Two: Assertion: Example One: Example Two: Marius Thesis Statement: Assertion: Example One: Example Two: Thenardiers Thesis Statement: Assertion: Example One: Example Two: Assertion: Example One: Example Two: Victor Hugo used Cosette as a symbol of innocence and trust, he exploited this to show the hope and love in everything, even when times are hard. In the novel, Cosette always brought joy and happiness to Jean Valjean, even when there was hard happenings, Hugo uses this as a simple of hope and innocence, in a time where there wasn't much of it. Les Misérables shows a wide variety of people and their characters, Hugo uses the Bishop to show forgiveness and trust, in people and society as a whole. Bishop Bienvenu showed a great amount of forgiveness and trust to Jean Valjean in the early parts of the novel; because of this trust, Jean Valjean had become an honest man, and this trust turned his life into something good. The way people view the justice system changes from person to person, this is demonstrated in Les Misérables in the form of Javert; through the novel the way he looks at the system changes quite significantly. Victor Hugo portrays the justice system and its different views, through the character of Javert; Javert changes his views on 'right' and 'wrong' throughout the novel due to Javert seeing Jean Valjean have a good and evil side. In Les Misérables, Hugo uses Fantine to portray love and sacrifice; this love and sacrifice is what Victor Hugo uses to motivate many other characters like Jean Valjean and Cosette throughout the novel. In Les Misérables, Victor Hugo uses the Thenardiers to represent the bad and evil in society and how people are affected by it. Victor Hugo uses Marius to represent the intensity of the youth in society, and the bravery they posess. this is shown through Marius in Les Misérables when he fights in the barricades with other French youth. In the French Revolution time period, the citizens of France did not like what the government was doing; Victor Hugo uses M. Gillenormand as a representation of the corruption in parts of society and the government. The Thenardiers acted in many evil ways throughout the novel Les Misérables; they demonstrated how some people in society can be so dishonest, while others are earning an honest living. Through Les Misérables, corruption was a large part of the novel, Hugo shows this theme through M. Gillenmorand, by the way he disowned his son-in-law and grandson because of political views. Throughout the novel, Marius shows his bravery at the barricade and through his hardships after leaving his grandfather; this is shown through his many brave actions and his entrepreneurship. Throughout Les Misérables, Fantine represents the love and sacrifice; this is shown by the way she gives everything she has to her daughter which she barely knows, and loves and stays positive even when her life has become rough. "The bishop approached him and said, in a low voice, 'Do not forget, ever, that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man.' Jean Valjean, who had no recollection of any such promise, stood dumbfounded. The bishop had stressed these words as he spoke them. He continued solemnly, 'Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil, but to good. It is your soul I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God" (Hugo 33-34)!
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