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Transcript of Les Miserables
1330 Pages Final Technology Project
8th Grade Honors Class
3rd Period Chasuble- A sleeveless outer vestment worn by a Catholic or High Anglican priest when celebrating Mass.
(Victor Hugo Pg 49) "He did not try to fold his Chasuble in imitation of Elijah's mantle"
Hinge- A movable joint or mechanism on which a door, gate, or lid swings as it opens and closes
(Victor Hugo Pg 85) "It seemed to him impossible that the horrible clamor of the outraged hinged had not shaken the whole house like an earthquake..."
Recoil- Suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust
(Victor Hugo Pg 177) "Javert recoiled and said in a fierce voice..."
Perilous- Full of danger or risk
(Victor Hugo Pg 312) "It was a perilous fall"
Flummoxed- Perplex (someone) greatly; bewilder
(Victor Hugo Pg 529) "When he reached it, he was flummoxed." Poignant- Evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret
(Victor Hugo Page 760) "Cosette's pain, still so poignant and so acute."
Covetousness- An envious eagerness to possess something
(Victor Hugo Pg 823) "On the part of the miserable, covetousness envy..."
Chaste- Abstaining from extramarital, or from all, sexual intercourse
(Victor Hugo Pg 923) "He told himself he had done the right thing, that chaste and valiant sword"
Tumult- A loud, confused noise, esp. one caused by a large mass of people
(Victor Hugo Pg 1029) "The awful tumult of a tavern being stormed"
Churned- Produce (butter) in such a way
(Victor Hugo Pg 1048) "The water of the stream churned at his heels" Setting The setting of Les Miserables takes place in many places since they move from one location into another or to another character. However one of the most visual settings is on page 313 and takes place on Montfermeil. "Montfermeil is situated between Livry and Chelles, on the southern edge of the high plateau that seperates the Ourcq from the Marne. Today it is a fairly sizable market town, embellished all year round with stucco villas and, on Sundays, with its bourgeois citizens in full bloom. In 1823, there were not so many white houses in Montfermeil nor so many self-satisfied bourgeois. It was just a village in the woods."
www.brecontowncouncil.org.uk Protagonist Antagonist The antagonist in the novel is Javert. Javert was born in prison and he has no compassion of anyone who brakes the law. In fact not even would he forgive his mum or dad if they showed at his doorstep. Javert would not even forgive himself if he broke the law. Javert looks for a criminal of the name of Jean Valjean for stealing a loaf of bread and "robbing" a child of the name Petit-Gervais. He is so focused on looking for him since he has a certain philosophy that every man who has committed a crime is capable of doing any crime and will always be bad. However Javert commits suicide because his whole philosophy is wrong and that Jean Valjean had done a greater good than himself and maybe even his own position is bad. He thought that his own life was a life full of hatred and that he didn't think of forgiveness. Unable to cope with the truth he kills himself. greyflea.deviantart.com Symbol One of the symbols in Les Miserables is the silver candlesticks. In the beginning of the book Bishop Myriel and Jean Valjean are two very different people. Bishop Myriel is seen as a compassionate person and full of love and care while Jean Valjean is seen as a thief and a person impossible to love. Victor Hugo uses the candlesticks to compare darkness and light as well as Jean Valjean and Bishop Myriel. When Bishop Myriel gives the candlesticks to Jean Valjean he is actually showing him the right path and giving him light to guide him in his darkest times. The candlesticks are seen throughout the book to remind him of the promise he made to Bishop Myriel and about becoming an honest men and living a life under God. When Jean Valjean dies he sees the candlesticks shine brightly and this can make the reader infer it as a signal of having completed his goal. Theme The theme of Les Miserables is love and care for others and the importance of these acts. We can see proof of this when Bishop Myriel gives him care and shelter when others denied it to him for being a criminal, because of this we see Jean Valjean a "thief" and a hate-filled person turn into a caring person. Although Valjean's actions bring him some trouble occasionally his actions fill him with happiness and bring a feeling of joy. It is the love for others that keeps him going in the right path. Victor Hugo besides showing this importance also shows that the love given will be given back with even greater quantity. Jean Valjean risked his life many times to save many such as Fauchelevent whom he rescued from a crowd of onlookers. Years later Fauchelevent repays him by offering him refuge. This love and compassion shown by him toward others in a way saves him from becoming his old self and showing that if you give love it will be returned to you. Tone www.truck-drivers-money-saving-tips.com www.judaicawebstore.com rozmeenmomin.blogspot.com Famous Quotes Curiosity is a form of greed.
(Victor Hugo Pg 160)
Besides, no one can keep a secret the way a child can.
(Victor Hugo Pg 465)
In this world of dark deeds, you keep your secrets to yourself.
(Victor Hugo Pg 816) I chose this song because it explains the feelings that Jean Valjean experienced after Bishop Myriel guided him into the right path and into a life under God. It also explains how he used to live a life of thievery but out of many people only Bishop Myriel showed him his care. Three Pieces of Art gracewalkministries.blogspot.com I felt this piece of art was fit for my novel because Jean Valjean after being showed the compassion and care from Bishop Myriel feels a void inside him and realizes that he must ask for forgiveness from God. tripwow.tripadvisor.com I I saw this painting and I felt that it fits with the novel because it shows compassion by people caring about each other and having a feeling of family. I thought this pictured appeared with the same time period in a similar time and place in France. I chose this painting because I thought it greatly showed the love Cosette and Fantine shared. Although Fantine had to leave her own daughter to find a job and support her distantly Fantine always had Cosette in her mind and heart. mikiaboom.wordpress.com Sonnet A "wicked" criminal a "psychopath"
Looked upon by a bishop, a holy man
He was led by the light to the right path
Not to be judged to be seen as God's man
He helped anyone in every possible way
He cared about them giving them shelter and help
But a man of justice wanted him to pay for his "bad" path
For this God's man life became a maze a living hell Book Review Victor Hugo wrote the novel Les Miserables and was first published in 1862 and it deals with many characters and their misery. The novel however mainly deals with Jean Valjean an ex-criminal who had been shown compassion by Bishop Myriel whom he promised to have a better life. However he must also take care of Cosette like he promised to her diseased mother, eventually he learns to love Cosette as his own daughter. Many problems come up since a man by the name Javert is out to get him and make him pay his crimes. Another problems is that a rebellion against France's oppression is starting and more than one life will be lost to France's soldiers and to the rebels. Part 1 of 4 Part 2 of 4 After being released from prison Jean Valjean enters the small town of Digne. No man would give him food or shelter for being deemed dangerous and of fear for their life. However a man of the name Bishop Myriel gives him both food and shelter and although Valjean tries to steal his sliver candlesticks he forgives him. In fact he gives the candlesticks to him to start a new life. He moves to the town of Montreil-sur-mer in which he builds a factory and changes his identity to Monsieur Madeline. Fantine his worker is fired without his knowledge and when he finds out he promises to bring her daughter back and take care of her but before he can Fantine dies. He know had legal custody of Cosette and must face many tasks and challenges to keep both his promise to Fantine and Bishop Myriel while facing the cruel Javert who will search for him to the farthest of places. Part 3 of 4 The main character in the novel Les Miserables is Jean Valjean an ex-criminal which was considered too dangerous for trying to escape many times. When he has no shelter and no food a man of the name Bishop Myriel helps him out. However Jean robs his candlesticks but is caught by the police and brought back to the bishop. The bishop gives him the candlesticks to start a new life and to stop his thievery ways. Because of the compassion showed by the bishop he prays for forgiveness to God and promises to become a better and holy man. He also has to keep the promise made to Fantine of taking care of Cosette and although it does not prove easy he tries his best. Because of his actions he is able to feel happy and fill up a void he had within himself bringing him a feeling of fulfillment. Part 4 of 4 The novel of Les Miserables is an incredible novel it is full of suspense and adventure. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is up to a challenge. However I don't recommend this book to anyone who isn't patient and does not enjoy reading. It is a novel with very high diction and very visual for the most part. It definitely has a great plot and the characters are really deep. It is a masterpiece and it is clear why it deserves some time to enjoy. Les Miserables Brief Musical Facts The musical opening of Les Miserables was on September 1980 at the Palais des Sports in Paris.
After listening to it Cameron Mackintosh began to work on an English translation, with the help of Herbert Kretzmer whom wrote the lyrics.
The first English opening was on October 28, 1985, in the Barbican Theatre in London and was later moved to Palace Theatre and afterwards to the Queen's Theatre, where you can still see it today.
The Broadway production opened on March 12, 1987 and could be seen until 2003. It still hold it's position of the third longest-running Broadway show in history.
Between 1987 and 2003 it was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won eight
About 392 costumes are in each performance http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_year_did_les_miserables_become_a_musical http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/blogs/obsessed/2012/12/14-things-you-never-knew-about.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables_%28musical%29 Bibliography The protagonist in the novel is clearly Jean Valjean. Jean Valjean used to be a criminal whom himself and others considered a psychopath or a nutter. Jean Valjean was found merciful at the eyes of the Bishop Myriel whom had given him hospitality at his own house. Although Jean Valjean might have been seen as a maniac and heartless with the help of Bishop Myriel he was able to become a better man. Jean Valjean is a kind and smart man whom will try the impossible to complete his promises and take care of the ones he loves or the ones that need him. Jean Valjean learned to love even more with the help of Cosette since he sees her as his own daughter. Physically he is strong since he was even able to stop a heavy piece of metal from falling into one of his jail partners. He is also very agile since he climbed up a rope to save another man's life. Jean Valjean hadn't shown part of himself since his heart had become rock hard from losing his mother at a very young age and he knew he would never see his family again. Jean Valjean knew that the times were hard and his own feelings wouldn't change that. However bad times might be he does go to the extreme by risking his own life to protect the ones that are in need and this get's him into a lot of serious trouble. Hence he has all the qualities of a leader and especially the hero everyone idolizes. peterscreativeendeavors.blogspot.com
The tone of the book Les Miserables is adventurous and full of suspense in much of the novel and certain situations such as when Jean Valjean is in the Thenadier house to take legal custody of Cossete. Another situation when this tone is used is when Jean Valjean steals Bishop Myriel's silver candlesticks. On many other significant parts of the book the tone is calmed, patient, and very visual and detailed. The calmed tone can be heard when the narrator describes a certain setting or a character's life such as Jean Valjean's life or when a certain character such as Javert talks. Throughout the whole book many situations have sad and caring tones such as when Cossete is separated from her mother and she is mistreated without her mother knowing. The tone in this book greatly varies and it has great impact on the readers feelings and attention. The tone is a very important part of the book because it brings the characters, situations and settings to life and keeps the reader hooked to the book. Hugo,Victor and Julie Rose. A New Translation of Les Miserables. 1745 Broadway in Manhattan: Random House Publishing Group, 2008
http://www.youtube.com/ His promise he would keep to the dead Fantine
However taking care of Cosette brought many problems
Through all the tasks his faith he maintained
However when hearing of Javert he became fearsome
After all his sacrifice, love, care and strife
Two angels took him to heaven for eternal life