Les Misarables Essay

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LES MISERABLES In Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, the author portrayed a character who yearned for freedom yet was held back with the guilt of deducting another man's innocence. Jean Valjean needed to reconcile two conflicts. The desire to retain his freedom or to turn himself in to preclude Champmathieu from being punished in his stead. He looked "into the depths of {his} conscience without emotion, nor without trembling" (74). For Jean Valjean "there {existed} nothing more terrific then this kind of contemplation" (74). As he was torn between retaining his freedom or turning himself in, Jean Valjean acknowledged that he obtained his freedom through God's will and he "must do nothing contrary to the will of God" (77). Jean Valjean desired to retain his freedom not only for himself, but on the contrary, for the country. He believed that "the highest duty {was} to think of others" (79). The prosperity of all increased: "industry {was} quickened and excited, manufactories and workshops {were} multiplied, families, a hundred families, a thousand families, {were} happy; the country {became} populous; villages {sprung} up where there were only farms, farms {sprung} up where there was nothing; poverty {disappeared}, and with poverty {disappeared} debauchery, prostitution, theft, murder, all vices, all crimes!"(80).He thought of all he had done to help and improve the country and concluded "how foolish and absurd {he} was when {he} spoke of denouncing {himself}" (80). Jean Valjean, invariably, thought of others before himself. He would have been pleased "to do the grand and generous" by turning himself in to preclude the innocent Champmathieu. Nevertheless, "must an entire country be let to ruin" to "save {a man} from punishment {which was} perhaps a little too severe, but in reality just" (80). That would be abominable! Jean Valjean was a little apprehensive about his decision not to turn himself in. He supposed that if "there were a misdeed for {himself}in this, and that {his} conscience should some day reproach {him}; the acceptance for the good of others of these reproaches which weigh only upon {himself}, of this misdeed which affects only his soul, why, that is devotion, that is virtue" (80). Jean Valjean "seemed that he was satisfied" for "diamonds are found only in the dark places of the earth; truths are found only in the depths of thought" (80). After descending into these depths, after having fumbled long in the blackest of this darkness, he had found one of these diamonds, one of these truths, and held it in his hand! While he listened to Javert, Jean Valjean's first thought was "to go, to run, to denounce himself, to drag this Champmathieu out of prison, and to put himself in his place" (74). He then "repressed this first generous impulse, recoiled before such heroism, and said to himself: 'Let us see! Let...

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