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Les Miserables

The feud between Jean Valjean and Javert

Karyssa Domingo

on 8 March 2013

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Transcript of Les Miserables

The Everlasting Feud Background Javert Jean Valjean When Morals Come into Play His Ethics Background Jean Valjean was sent to prison for nineteen years

When he was released from prison, he wandered
Nobody wanted to associate with an ex-convict

In a town, only a bishop welcomed him into his home, showing hospitality towards the ex-convict
Seeing an opportunity, Valjean took the bishop’s valuable possessions and ran
He was caught, and brought back to the bishop
Rather than sending Jean Valjean to prison once more, he told the guards that these were given as gifts
The bishop urged Jean Valjean to become an honest man

Later, Jean Valjean became the Mayor of a town, leading under a false identity
He strived to become an honest man, and to lead with his morals in place His Ethics Jean Valjean leads his life and his town with grace and mercy overpowering any other rule.

Because of his experience with injustice, Valjean lived by his morals of treating people with compassion, and considering the surrounding circumstances. Javert lived by truth and justice; he believed that law came foremost in EVERY situation.

With his instincts as a government official, Javert listened to the wealthy side of the story and made his judgement.

Javert believes that the government decisions are justified, and never questions the law. Javert was born inside a jail, with convicts such as Jean Valjean.
As said in the song "Confrontation":
Come with me 24601
Now the wheel has turned around
Jean Valjean is nothing now
Dare you talk to me of crime
And the price you had to pay
Every man is born in sin
Every man must choose his way
You know nothing of Javert
I was born inside a jail
I was born with scum like you
I am from the gutter too!

He spent his life enforcing the law, trying to erase his unlawful past. When Morals Come into Play SO
THE STORYLINE... Fantine, a woman who worked under Valjean's care and was also a single mother who provided for her daughter (Cosette), had to resort to becoming a prostitute. She was assaulted by wealthy man, and in self defense, scratched his face, opening a wound. She was reported to Javert. He made the decision to send her to prison. Jean Valjean, under the false identity of monsieur Le Mer, cut in. He vowed to watch over Cosette and brought Fantine to the hospital. So... What do you think? Javert had a desire to catch Jean Valjean his entire life -- through almost the entire book/play/movie because he believed that Jean Valjean had a price to pay for evading the law.

In fact, he thought justice was so important that when he felt he owed Jean Valjean and Jean Valjean didn't make him pay, he killed himself to ensure that justice was served. The History Behind it all. The History Behind the Story The History Behind the Story Les Miserables is set post French Revolution. When he became the mayor of a town called Msur M, he had the chance to put his morals into action • Les Miserables is a complexly large story with interweaving characters throughout. Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, is exiled by everyone, but later he turns his life around. He becomes Mayor of a town and tries to run it with grace and mercy. However, there is already an officer there named Javert who prefers to run it with law and justice.
• Fantine, a woman with a child but no husband loves her child dearly, but has to conceal her past if she wants to keep working in a respectable factory. When her child is found out, she must work as a prostitute to continue to provide for her child after fired from her job. Valjean cares for Fantine when she becomes ill, and before she dies, he vows to care for her child, Cosette. Many years later, Cosette is grown and, while in town with Jean Valjean, falls in love with a man named Marius, a political student. His friends and he are about to revolt against the king. But when he falls for Cosette, and his friend Eponine helps them meet again, he questions himself, but decides to fight for his rights. Eponine is in love with Marius too, but she dies at the very beginning of the revolution protecting Marius. •Almost all students end up dying during the revolution, because of lack of support. Meanwhile, Jean Valjean has the opportunity to kill Javert, but doesn't. Javert cannot handle that his life would be spared when Jean Valjean had the right to kill him, so he kills himself in order to ensure that justice is followed.• Marius and Cosette end up together, and get married. Not long after this, Jean Valjean dies. When faced with the choice of grace and mercy or truth and justice, where do you stand? Do you believe in second chances or fulfilled justice and why?
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