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Transcript of Les Miserables
Prostitution in Argentina
vs. Les Miserables "In 2010, the richest 10 percent of the population earned 36 percent of the country's income, while the poorest 10 percent earned 1.5 percent of income. About 36 percent of the population lives below the poverty line."
"Encyclopedia of the Nations." Argentina Poverty and Wealth, Information about Poverty and Wealth in Argentina. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2013. There are hundreds of women just like Fantine in modern day Argentina who give themselves up for prostitution. Connection 1: Poverty in Argentina vs. Les Miserables Connection 1: Les Miserables Quotes
"Why don't you go to the inn? Because I have no money" (Hugo 13).
"Jean Valjean was born of a poor peasant family of Brie" (Hugo 22). Elena Reynaga Story
For two decades she worked as a prostitute. She was bribing police officers, as much as 70 Argentine pesos a day to stay under the radar and out of jail.
" It is a means of survival, not a job."
Aires, Reed Lindsay in Buenos. "Argentina's Prostitutes Get Militant." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 24 Jan. 2004. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. Connection 3: Love in Les Miserables and in Argentina
Love plays a big role in Les Miserables and in families of Argentina Les Miserables Quote 1:
"The difficulty was Cosette, Cosette did not know how to scale a wall, abandon her? Jean Valjean did not think of it" (Hugo 135). Les Miserables Quote 2:
"He would approach the bed where she slept, and would tremble there with delight; he felt inward yearnings, like a mother, and knew not what they were; for it is something very incomprehensible and very sweet, this grand emotion of a heart in its first love" (Hugo 123). In Argentina, prostitution itself (exchanging sex for money) is legal, but organized prostitution is illegal. Love in Argentina:
In Argentina, families are very important and play a large role in society. In fact, up until a recent change divorce was illegal in Argentina.
"A good education is important to Argentines and families sacrifice to make it possible for their children". Love in Argentina:
In Argentina, Family plays a very important and large role in society. Parents in Argentina are always willing to make sacrifices in order to help their kids succeed.
"A good education is important to Argentines and families sacrifice to make it possible for their children."
"Argentina Argentina [Ar-Jen-Tena]." Families in Argentina: Discover Families in Argentina. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. Les Miserables
Throughout the entire novel Javert is continuously trying to capture Jean Valjean and refuses to give up.
"For eight years his whereabouts have been unknown, and search has been made for him" (Hugo 65).
Athletes everywhere in Argentina show great determination and will to succeed.
Messi was diagnosed with "Growth Hormone Deficiency" at the age of 11, this just made him work harder and more determined to become a professional soccer player.
"It was clear that he was a very talented footballer, however, due to his medical condition it was unlikely that he would make it as a professional player...but thanks to his determination and self-belief, he continued to improving his game."
"A Messi Story." A Messi Story. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2013.
Connection 4: Determination/ Drive
Both Javert and many atheltes in Argentina have drive! Quote From Fantine:
"...but that little was enough, the problem was solved; she was earning her living" (Hugo 62).
This quote is explaining that Fantine was a prostitute. The narrator is stating that it is not something that she likes or wants to do, she is doing it because she has to.
How this Connects to Reynaga's story:
1) Both are prostitues.
2) They are doing it because they have no other way of making a living.
How this connects to Les Miserables:
This shows that even if the odds are stacked against you as long as you stay determined and keep that drive you can accomplish anything. The end