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A Book By Book Character Analysis, Main Idea, And Connection To History Of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables.

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Les MisérablesBook 1: FantineChapters 1-4Characters:-Monsieur Myriel/Monseigneur Bienvenu: A widower become priest who is extremely generous and giving to the less fortunate.-Mademoiselle Baptistine: The sister of Monsieur Myriel.-Madame Magloire: The housekeeper of Monsieur Myriel who is very disturbed at finding that the silver is stolen.-Jean Valjean: A recently discharged prison inmate who loved his family so much that he stole for them and was sent to jail for this. Valjean is viewed as a criminal by most people although he is actually a good person on the inside.-Tholomyes, Listolier, Fameuil, and Blacheville: Four students who play a terrible joke on their girlfriends.-Fantine, Zéphine, Dahlia, and Favourite: The girlfriends of the four students. Fantine is pregnant with Tholomyes child so when Tholomyes leaves she feels terribly depressed.-Cosette: Daughter of Fantine-Thénardier's- The people who agree to care for Cosette Fantine is away.Main Ideas:-Jean Valjean is released from prison, turned away by the innkeeper, and then talks to a woman who directs him to Monseigneur Bienvenu's house.- Jean Valjean is allowed to spend the night at Monseigneur Bienvenu's house.- Jean Valjean wakes up in the middle of the night, and steals the plates and silver.-Monseigneur Bienvenu lies to the police and tells them that he gave Jean Valjean the silver. He then gives Jean Valjean the candlesticks as well.-Four students play a nasty trick on their girlfriends, leaving them and returning home.- Fantine has a child by Tholomyes so is very upset in secret about his leaving.-Fantine hands over Cosette to the Thénardier's.Connection: Victor Hugo criticizes the Catholic Church of France at this time. An example of this is when Monseigneur Bienvenu sees that the hospital next store to his residence is extremely small in comparison to his residence. Although Monseigneur Bienvenu switches quarters, this portrayal shows that the Catholic Church was rich and had institutions much nicer and grander then the public instructions of that time.Chapters 5-8Characters:-Fantine: A very caring mother who dies in this section. She loved Cosette very much and tried to do all that she could for Cosette.-Jean Valjean/Father Madeleine/Major Madeleine: Valjean builds a respectable life for himself but this fails when he defends Champmathieu and is sent to jail-Javert: The police inspector who arrests Fantine and works for Valjean. He believes in the law as a way of life and lives by it.-Monsieur Fauchelevent: Man that Valjean saves from under his cart.-Thénardiers- Cruel family that Fantine asks to care for Cosette. The Thénardiers however treat Cosette like a servant.-Champmathieu: A Man wrongly accused of being Jean Valjean. Valjean defends Champmathieu.-Cosette- The child of Fantine, in this stage of the book is still just a young girl.-M. Bamatabois: The "dandy" that picks on Fantine, and is the cause of her being arrested.Main...

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