Essays Tagged: "Jean Valjean"

Jean Valjean's Redemtion in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

t in 19th century France, Victor Hugo's historical novel, Les Miserables, portrays the protagonist, Jean Valjean, in his struggle with his past. Even in the face of societal condemnation, he sacrifice ... epeatedly for his loved ones as well for his moral and political convictions. Throughout the novel, Jean must redeem his character proving his ability to be trustworthy, selfless, and loyal.Throughout ...

(2 pages) 59 0 3.7 Jan/1997

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Les Miserablesy by Victor Hugo: Jean Valjean, An Angel in hell...

is a story of redemption, forgiveness, charity, salvation and moral obligation. The main character, Jean Valjean, enters the novel as a thief, having spent nineteen years in prison. He is given this s ... neteen years in prison. He is given this second chance by M. Myriel, a prominent bishop, who offers Jean Valjean food and lodging, and by doing so he paves the way for Jean Valjean to live a life of f ...

(5 pages) 54 0 3.6 May/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

The Soul of Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo, a character summary

Jean Valjean was an alluring hero of Les Miserables for many reasons, one of which was his drastic c ... ons, one of which was his drastic conversion from a miserable criminal into a heroic, peaceful man. Jean Valjean seems like a three dimensional character at first. But deep inside his emotions he show ... put upon him. His charisma and superhuman qualities make his character a figment of romanticism.Valjean was born a decent human being. Unfortunately he was born into poverty, which forced him to stea ...

(2 pages) 45 0 3.0 Feb/1997

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Major Theme of Victor Hugo's " Les Miserables"

ugo shows us the underlying theme through many different symbols and quotations. For instance, when Jean Valjean stays the night with the bishop Monseigneur Myriel, Valjean steals the bishop's silver. ... stage for the entire novel.The quote is the bishop's way of saying 'You need to change.' Before Valjean changes, though, he must see the evil in himself. The overall meaning is that a man must see th ...

(2 pages) 56 0 3.0 Nov/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Short Summaries of "Les Miserables"

ACT ONEPROLOGUE: 1815, DIGNEJean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang,finds that the yellow ticket-of-le ... law, displaycondemns him to be an outcast. Only the saintly Bishop of Dignetreats him kindly and Valjean, embittered by years of hardship,repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brou ... onished when the Bishop lies to thepolice to save him, also giving him two precious candlesticks.Valjean decides to start his life anew.1823, MONTREUIIL-SUR-MEREight years have passed and Valjean, hav ...

(4 pages) 32 0 3.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

The theme of reform pertaining to the characters Jean Valjean and Javert in "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo.

the novel. The theme of "reform" can be seen many times throughout the novel. Two main characters, Jean Valjean and Javert, both reform their lives in different ways.Jean Valjean began the story as a ... ffering. But listen, there will be more joy in heaven over the tears of a repentant sinner"(28). Valjean could have taken this as good advice, but it didn't stop him stealing the Bishop's candlesticks ...

(4 pages) 49 0 5.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

The dues to a changed man.

re. He only saw things in black and white and that's what caused him to have problems later on.When Jean Valjean first came in contact with he hated him because he thought that Jean was just a no good ... ef. He treated him like scum and didn't even recognize him as a human being. Javert shows this when Jean asks him if he could talk to him quietly and Javert replies "What is it to me, I will not liste ...

(2 pages) 25 0 3.5 Nov/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Locke V. Hobbes.

heory, just get rid of that part and put in a little tidbit of your own. In the film Les Miserables Jean Valjean, the police inspector and other characters showed characteristics describing two theori ... m they would do it. Locke's theory is that humans are naturally good at heart, reasonable and moral.Jean Valjean shows example of Hobbes theory at the very beginning of the film. When the bishop lets ...

(4 pages) 54 0 5.0 Nov/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

An book report about les miserable in a political fashion.

eryone is as well off as they could be. Hugo showed the world that one man could make a difference. Jean Valjean, the main character in Les Miserables had huge impacts on everyone he came in contact w ... bles had huge impacts on everyone he came in contact with. Thankfully, there are actual people like Jean Valjean that help the homeless and the poor. Characters like Jean Valjean and people like Victo ...

(9 pages) 38 1 5.0 Dec/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

A Character Analysis of Hugo's Javert, from Les Miserables

reformed. Javert is the true rationalist because he believes the law is the highest authority, sees Jean Valjean as purely evil, and because he wholeheartedly believes in the infallibility of the law. ... that the word of the law always supercedes the word of a normal man. Champmathieu, who denied being Jean Valjean, was, in fact, not him, but Javert was positive that he was because the police had accu ...

(5 pages) 32 1 0.0 Jan/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

"Les Miserables": A Film Critique.

sed on the novel by the French writer Victor Hugo ; directed by Bilk August; starring Nam Nalson as Jean Valjean, Geoffrey Rush as Inspector Javert, Uma Thurman as Fantine, and Claire Danes as Cosette ... Cosette; produced by Mandalay Entertainment Columbia Pictures.The story is about the main character Jean Valjean, an ex-convict and a former Mayor of Vigau. It illustrates the way people face the cons ...

(1 pages) 559 0 3.0 Dec/2005

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

The root of guilt in "Macbeth"

eturning to a shore. In the case of the guilty, it is called remorse." Victor Hugo's examination of Jean Valjean's thoughts in "Les Misérables" applies to everybody. Humans can respond to this ...

(3 pages) 11 0 0.0 Oct/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Shakespeare > Macbeth

Les Miserables

e of the themes is how people placed in critical situations act upon their instincts. In the story, Jean Valjean is an ex-convict, looking to turn his life around after breaking his probation and runn ... yor of M_ sur M_ and there encounters his enemy, Javert. Javert, a police inspector, is looking for Jean Valjean. Throughout the book, Javert and Jean Valjean meet several times. Another character, Ma ...

(4 pages) 1996 0 3.0 Mar/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Fantine

h all or most of the characters in the book. The first part of the book explains to the reader that Jean Valjean is an escaped convict who is just trying to get his life back together but the people w ... nto his home what the Bishop of Digne. In this part of the book the Bishop shows his hospitality to Jean by allowing him in his house to dine and sleep for the evening and with all this hospitality Je ...

(2 pages) 972 0 3.0 May/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Optimism And Pessimism In Les Miserables

cters. The first minor character that has one of these qualities is the optimistic bishop who takes Jean Valjean in. Jean Valjean himself starts the story off as a pessimist but quickly becomes a very ... ntly expressed in Les Miserables and add to make the characters become more realistic and authentic.Jean Valjean ends his 19-year prison sentence angry at society and having a pessimistic attitude. So ...

(2 pages) 791 0 0.0 Sep/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Les Miserables

heme in many novels took place in the beginning of Les Miserables when the bishop M. Myriel forgave Jean Valjean for stealing his silver, so that he could have another chance at life.Secondly, sacrifi ... r stealing his silver, so that he could have another chance at life.Secondly, sacrifice is shown by Jean Valjean in many events through out the novel, but the most surprising is when he saves his take ...

(3 pages) 3133 0 0.0 Oct/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Les Miserables

Les Miserables In the movie Les Miserables Javert's legalism is very different from Valjean's Christianity. Javert always goes bye the law and Valjean goes by what he thinks is right. The ... hinks is right. There are many examples in the movie to show this. The movie starts out with Jean Valjean committing a small crime. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of ...

(2 pages) 1024 0 0.0 Dec/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Essay on "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo and whether or not it should be included on a summer reading list

f chapters. The first volume, ‘Fantine’, introduces convict, and main focus of the novel, Jean Valjean to us. Jean Valjean is the thread that binds the numerous plots together and a truly dy ... Jean Valjean is the thread that binds the numerous plots together and a truly dynamic character. Valjean entered prison sentenced to five years of hard labor for breaking into a bakery and stealing a ...

(5 pages) 17 0 4.0 Aug/2007

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Illusion v. Reality in Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables"

237). In the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, a major theme is “Illusion v. Reality”. Jean Valjean, the protagonist in Les Miserables changes himself multiple times to hide his true iden ... identity from society. The theme of “Illusion v. Reality” is personified in the character Jean Valjean in the classic novel, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.Jean Valjean is the product of the ...

(5 pages) 10 0 4.0 Nov/2007

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Les Miserables

After spending nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread, Jean Valjean is refused lodging at Digne because he is an ex-convict. Just when he is about to give ... Myriel, the Bishop of Digne, offers him dinner and a place to spend the night. Later that night, Valjean finds himself unable to resist stealing the Bishop's silver; he is arrested by the police the n ... hop's silver; he is arrested by the police the next morning. But M. Myriel pretends that he gave Valjean the silver as a gift, making him promise to reform and become an honest man. The Bishop's lesso ...

(4 pages) 503 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature