A summary of symbols in victor hugo's les misérables learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of les misérables and what it means perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Hugo alludes repeatedly to religious influences and to the presence of god in the life of valjean and it is the laws of god that seem to be asserting themselves for javert when the human law fails him. By edward mcnulty every generation wants its own jean valjean that's why we have dozens of film versions, going back to a 1909 short that focuses on just one episode from the victor hugo novel. Jean valjean character timeline in les miserables the timeline below shows where the character jean valjean appears in les miserables the colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Character analysis in the novel, les miserables, by victor hugo, the protagonist, jean valjean changes throughout the course of the novel from a contemptible, conniving ex-convict to an noble, compassionate, and heroic man. Champmathieu the man accused of being jean valjean, on whose behalf madeleine reveals his true identity sister simplicity a nun who lies to save valjean from javert boulatruelle an old roadworker, ex-convict, and minor associate of the underworld chiefs. Marius pontmercy is a character from the novel les misérables by victor hugohe falls in love with cosette and marries her at the end of the book/musical he is in fact one of the few characters who survives to see the end of the novel. Victor hugo, in full victor-marie hugo (b february 26, 1802, besançon, france - d may 22, 1885, paris, france), poet, playwrighter, novelist, dramatist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner, and perhaps the most influential exponent of the romantic movement in france, who was the most important of the french romantic.
Les miserables study guide contains a biography of victor hugo, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Victor hugo's les misérables was published in 1862 it mixes realism and capital-r-romantism in a sweeping description of the working class of contemporary france, with a large cast, action, drama, quasi-documentary descriptions, melodrama, out-of-the-blue asides about poverty or human nature, etc. Jean valjean is quite possibly the most complex and compelling character you will meet in a work of literature of this magnitude, and the lives and personalities of the secondary characters are interwoven into subplots that make it almost an easy thing to get through the 1400+ pages of this book.
Welcome to my page of character studies for les miserables below, you will find some outlines for the main characters in les miserables some are much briefer than others, and some are little more than extracts from my main page on les miserables. Having just re-read victor hugo's magisterial les miserables this absence of valjean's escape with cosette from javert through the streets of paris, culminating in them taking refuge in a. Learn term:les miserables = victor hugo (jean valjean) with free interactive flashcards choose from 59 different sets of term:les miserables = victor hugo (jean valjean) flashcards on quizlet.
Fandoms: les misérables - victor hugo, les misérables - all media types, les misérables (2012), les misérables - schönberg/boublil not rated choose not to use archive warnings, major character death. Jean valjean he represents the redemption from sins, the felons and the members of middle-class and the humanity he's probably the best character of all the novel/book/film/musical (beside javert), with his feelings and his incredible passion. Sure, les misérables has more characters than all the seasons of supernatural put together but our main man is jean valjean: it's his character growth—and javert's inability to believe in it.
Jean valjean is the protagonist of victor hugo's 1862 novel les misérableshugo depicts the character's 19-year-long struggle to lead a normal life after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his sister's children during a time of economic depression and various attempts to escape from prison. Javert (french pronunciation: ) is a fictional character, the primary antagonist of victor hugo's 1862 novel les misérables he was presumably born in 1780  and died on june 7, 1832  he is a police inspector who becomes, over the course of the novel, obsessed with the pursuit and punishment of the convict jean valjean. Azelma thénardier is a minor character in victor hugo's novel les misérables she is the youngest daughter and second-born child of monsieur and madame thénardier.
Jean valjean - cosette's adopted father valjean is an ex-convict who leaves behind a life of hatred and deceit and makes his fortune with his innovative industrial techniques valjean is an ex-convict who leaves behind a life of hatred and deceit and makes his fortune with his innovative industrial techniques. A contemporary of victor hugo's, charles dickens felt that society was a prison certainly this perception is applicable to les miserables for, hugo's grand novel is a plea for social justice. I started seeing all the characters of victor hugo's les misérables—valjean, javert, gavroche, cosette, marius, and éponine—in my mind's eye, laughing, crying, and singing onstage  he pitched the idea to french composer claude-michel schönberg, and the two developed a rough synopsis.
The timeline below shows where the character marius appears in les miserables the colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance the colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. Everyone is convinced that the oh so popular jean valjean is a saint, well everyone but javert he is convinced that valjean, (like his friends) is a criminal, but he just needs evidence to prove so language.