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Les Miserables: Movie vs. Reality

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Natalie Joritz

on 30 May 2014

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Overall, Victor Hugo did a good job of retelling a not-so-famous part of France's history. His story is accurate in that the rebellions were mostly student-led. General Lamarque was a real person who did really die. His death triggered the rebellion. However, his story focused on one barricade when there were actually many.
What happened in the film.
What was historically happening.
Les Miserables
Movie released in December 2012. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo.
There are no modes of transportation for the poor
Very strict laws
Easy for the rich, and hard for the poor.
Peasants and other poor people made up France's lower class
Members of the upper class had land that peasants worked on
Peasants worked long hours of hard work in the field, and didn't earn much for it
Droughts lead to poor harvest; livestock began to die of disease; the price of food shot up, causing a lot of the lower class to go hungry. Since there was so much going wrong, tension began to rise within the common people.
Valjean is now the mayor of the town, under the name "Monsieur Madeline".
More middle-class
Better life than prison.
Middle class consisted of business owners, merchants, and other professionals.
Many enjoyed comfy incomes.
Largely prevented from having an influence in the government.
It’s 1832; a large group of students is planning to rebel against the monarchy.
The students’ leader, General Lamarque, is incredibly ill.
Eventually, General Lamarque dies.
At his funeral, the students force the opposing forces to start the war.
The students build a barricade, and rebellion starts.
The French Government’s army is trying to stop the rebellion.
Many of the students die, including the leader.

Victor Hugo
Writing when he heard gunshots.
He followed the sound, and saw the barricades at Les Halles.
He was caught in a gun battle.
He became interested in the cause
Basis for the novel.
In young 1832, a cholera outbreak spread throughout France, killing roughly 18,000 people just in Paris.
On the second of June, the outbreak would do General Jean Maximilien Lamarque in. This would be the motivation for the constructing the barricades.
Within 12 hours, only one post was left. It was soon defeated by the French army on the sixth of June. Roughly 100 people were killed, and another 300 were wounded. Although, some of those survivors were later charged with treason and sentenced them to death.
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2013. Print.

Boughton, Matt "7th June 1832 - The End of the June Rebellion in Paris" This Day Then. 6 June 2013. Web. 27 April 2014

Connolly, Sean. The French Revolution. Chicago, Illinois: Capstone Global Library, 2003. Print.

Gregory, Josh. The French Revolution. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2014. Print.

Les Miserables.
2012. Universal Pictures. Film.

Maranzani, Barbara "History on the Big Screen - Les Miserables" History Blog. History Channel, 2013. Web. 27 April 2014.

Ross, Stewart. The French Revolution. Austin, Texas: Evans Brothers Limited, 2002. Print.
Les Miserables: Movie vs. Reality
By Natalie Joritz
The French Revolution
The French Revolution lasted from 1789 to 1799. It popularized democratic beliefs, but a king remained in power. However, it did build up France's middle class. But, it left France in a squabble over which form of government was the best for France.
Fun Facts
Les Miserables was Victor Hugo's most popular novel, taking him seventeen years to complete.
Victor Hugo also wrote "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
Hugo was conceived on June 24, 1801, also known as 24/6/01
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