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Transcript of Les Miserables
By: Victor Hugo
The Importance of Love and Compassion
The theme of 'The Importance of Love and Compassion is relevant to my book because:
Jean Valjean Transform from a 'hate filled' criminal to a well respected mayor
Fantine's ex-lover -Felix Tholomyes- who left Fantine when he found out she was pregnant
Eponine's love for Marius
Enjorlas' love for peace
Gavroche was left by his parents on the street
26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885
a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement
He is considered one of the greatest and best known French writers
his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831
The Novel was written after the french revolution, which inspired Hugo to write the novel.
This novel is made up of 5 books:
Volume I – Fantine
Volume II – Cosette
Volume III – Marius
Volume IV – The Idyll in the Rue Plumet and the Epic in the Rue St. Denis
Volume V – Jean Valjean
The first book begins in 1789 and continues on into the last book which ends in 1832
Jean Valjean is release from prison
as the years go on he lies about his past and becomes a mayor under a false identity
Where he meets Fantine, and single mother, who just got fired
Fantine becomes a 'lady of the night' so she can send money to the innkeeper who takes care of her child
Fantine becomes very sick and dies, Jean Valjean takes the child from the innkeeper and runs from the policeman Javert, who has found out his real identity
after years of hiding away with Cosette, Jean Valjean finds himself the middle of the french revolution
Cosette and Marius meet and fall inlove at first sight
Javert finds out where Jean Valjean has been living and Jean Valjean must flee from Javert
Marius thinks that Cosette has left him and goes to fight in the barricade
Eponine gives Marius a letter from Cosette telling him where she's gone and the dies from her gunshot wound
Marius gets hurt but Jean Valjean saves Marius and brings him to safety but Javert catches them
Javert lets Jean Valjean go and then he kills himself from guilt
Marius and Cosette marry and Jean Valjean dies peacefully
M. Thenardier/Mme. Thenardier
I like this passage because it says a lot about Javert’s character and the way he thinks. It shows the state of mind he is in before he commits suicide and the failure he feels because Jean Valijean has escaped him, yet again. But this time it is different because Javert let him get away, and this time he KNOWS it’s his fault and not just bad timing or a distraction that got in the way. The weight of his failure weights on him and he is no longer able to carry out his duty, so he turns to suicide.
"To owe life to a malefactor, to accept that debt and to pay it, to be, in spite of himself, on a level with a fugitive from justice, and to pay him for one service with another service; to allow him to say "go away," and to say to him in turn, "Be free"; to sacrifice duty, that general obligation, to personal motives, and to feel in these personal motives something general also, and perhaps superior; to betray society in order to be true to his own conscience; that all these absurd things sould happen and should come and heap themselves upon him, absolutely floored him."
"The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.” Hugo, 46
I like this quote because I feel it summarizes Eponine's love for Marius.
"Equality has an organ; free and compulsory education ... From identical schools spring an equal society." Hugo, 1190-1191
Personification - Equality has an organ
Figurative Language - abused in love stories
Conflict - to betray society
What I like about the book
I like that the book was more complex, the intertwining of the five stories was interesting to see them all come together.
Why the book appealed
The book is considered a classic and the movie has recently been released and I wanted to read the book before watching the movie