Many parts of the film were confusing unless you took the time to pause and think about the concepts of certain scenes, as many were needed to re-watch it to fully understand. The movie being French had nothing to do with my confusion—in fact, I think that the movie being French is what allowed me to give it a half more than my original rate. Although I found the message of the film to be a bit foggy, I have to admit that it has a very magnificent message when you follow up with it. Losing yourself is a very difficult situation to deal with, especially if at the moment you allow your heart to believe that the people you’re standing by now are the people that can satisfy your social happiness. Marieme learning from her faults is an excellent example of how we should keep our fighting spirits up and never give up on anything or anyone we love. The harsh truth is; sometimes that person we forget to cut some slack, and or to love through all their faults is ourselves. Once we learn to overcome that, the wonders of the world will be inevitable to occur
From the moment on he dedicated his life solely to her, to protecting her from the sorrows of poverty. From that moment he could no longer be Jean Valjean, or Monsieur Madeleine, he had to start his life over once again and Cosette was all he had in it. He sacrificed in order to gain self-approval and the ability to forgive himself.
In Dicken’s book, Lucie Manette is absorbed by caring for her father, as well as her husband Charles, and does not see the secret love Carton has for her. He frequently visits their home, and has placed himself in the position of an uncle to Lucie’s child. Through these actions, as well as his confession in chapter thirteen, the audience sees his devotion to her. Lucie is completely, or at least appears to be,unaware of this deep obsession. To her, Carton is a dear friend. This devotion is mirrored in the way Eponine sees Marius. As she chases after him, he is turned in the opposite direction, searching for Cossette. As he sings “ In My Life”, Marius shares how in his life “ she has burst like the music of angels/ the light of the sun/ and my life seems to stop” ( Les Mis ). By only one glance at her, he has declared Cosette a goddess, and his one true purpose. Eponine led him to her and watches as he meets her. Clearly tearing her to pieces inside, yet she does it for him out of love. Marius and Lucie are blinded by love for someone else, while Carton and Eponine live to make their person happy, no matter the pain it may cause them. They both go to great extents to be the reason their person of interest smiles, laughs, or is
In Albert Camus’s fiction novel, The Stranger, the main character, Meursault is an absurdist who is does not develop emotional bonds to those around him, and because of this, is looked at by society as an outsider. Camus uses the relationship between Meursault and Marie, Meursault’s belief in the meaninglessness of the individual person, and the symbol of the courtroom to show that the world is absurd, and that society can not accept the lack of order in the world.
Belle Reve has been lost. He does not care for Belle Reve as a bit of
The book further touches on the abilities of Marie to be narrow minded and ultra nationalistic when she goes to a book store to buy her brother a Christmas gift. Although the book store is labeled in French and every sign around and in it are French Marie cannot be comfortable. She finds in her to even hate the people in the store looking at the English books, "it gave her the creeps" (Basilieres 119). She goes on to describe the readers as "opium smokers: calm [and] contented" (Basilieres 119) almost giving the reader the thought that she likes there to be the opposite, chaos. I believe Marie is also depicted as a heartless and cruel person. Heartless and cruel when she realizes the diplomat was afraid of her (Basilieres 245) and "when he pleaded and cried for release she struck him." (Basilieres 250) She was even more cruel and heartless when she "beat him with her free hand, twisting the chain" (Basilieres 263) and asking "where's god now." (Basilieres 263) "She was incapable of sympathy" (Basilieres 264) and she performed the act "as coldly as drowning an unwanted kitten." (Basilieres 264) Marie is not as hard-line as some of the other members of her cell, like Hubert whom she feels she owes to do what he would have done after his death, in that she is touched by her mothers sorrow over the loss of her father and it is this human side of her that drives her to leave the house in order to deal with what she
Jean Valjean sacrificed much as he sought redemption. One of the first sacrifices that Jean Valjean makes is that of his identity, during the Champmathieu affair. As Monsieur Madeleine, Jean Valjean was a trusted official in a high position. He struggled with himself when he heard that the ‘real’ Jean Valjean had been caught: should he stay in M—sur m—where he was comfortable and popular, or do the right thing, remove a man from an undeserved galley life, and become a convict once more. When Madeleine revealed himself as Jean Valjean, he forever gave up that comfortable position of authority. He became a convict again – a wanted convict. He would now live out the rest of his life hiding, of not running, from the police. Jean sacrificed his safety. Saving Marius’ life by carrying him through the sewers also proved to be a sacrifice. Jean’s entire existence revolved around Cosette. She was what kept him on the track the bishop set him on. He adored her. He was devastated to learn that she was in love with Marius, yet he saved
Cosette is deprived of the love that she desires and deserves. She longs for love and instead receives the opposite. The Thenardiers do not care for Cosette and do not view her as their child, to them she is a servant girl. When Jean Valjean offers to take Cosette away from the Thenardiers, they reply, “Ah monsieur! My good monsieur! Take her, keep her, take her away, carry her off, sugar her, stuff her, drink her, eat her, and be blessed by the holy Virgin and all the saints in paradise!” (154). The Thenardiers want Cosette out of their house, and no longer want the responsibility of taking care of the “imbecile child” (147). It is a blessing to them that this traveler has come to take Cosette away forever. Because of Jean Valjean's good deed, Cosette's life can improve and she can finally experience the emotion of love she longs for. Although Jean Valjean offers Cosette all the love he is capable of giving, it is not enough to satisfy Cosette. She craves for a different, romantic love after she is introduced to Marius. Hugo,
Hugo includes love in his novel to express the different types and meanings of true love. Marius waits to see Cossette and she does not show up. After going to the garden and realizing Cossette is not there, Marius was devastated. "He sat down upon the steps, his heart full of tenderness and resolution, he blessed his love in the depths of his thought, and he said to himself that since Cosette was gone, there was nothing more for him but to die" (274 Hugo). Marius' love for Cossette is so strong that without her he is incomplete. Cossette often received the short end of the stick while growing up with Eponine and the Thenardiers; however, this is not the case when it comes to winning over Marius' love. Hugo uses Marius to show two completely different kinds of love in his novel; one with Cossette, and the other with Eponine. Eponine lives a very different life as her parents, the Thenardiers, are not the best role models for her. Even though she grows up in a tough situation, she still knows how to love. Eponine falls in love with Marius, however the feeling is not mutual. When Marius finds Eponine on the ground during the battle at the barricades, he shares love with her as her life comes to an end. He does not have the same love for Eponine as he does for Cossette. After revealing two gunshot wounds to Marius, Eponine asks him to stay until her life ends. As soon as
Everyone needs someone to love and care for as well as someone who can return that love and care. When Cosette comes into Valjean’s life, it makes him feel something he didn’t feel in a long time, “When he saw Cosette, when he had taken her, carried her away, and rescued her, he felt his heart move” (123). At this point, she becomes more than just a girl but another symbol in Valjean’s
In the middle of the book, Jean Valjean has saved a young girl named Cosette and raised her as his daughter after her mother died. These actions also have a redeeming effect on Jean Valjean, as he put his promise to the girl’s mother before his own safety and escaped from another bout in prison to find the young girl. Jean Valjean does not think this redeems him, however. He is very suspicious and changes their names to hide from the law enforcement. He also became very suspicious and cagey when a young man, Marius, became interested in Cosette. In Marius’s words, he “ began to be less punctual, and did not bring ‘his daughter’ every day” (168). After some time, he and Cosette move away so Marius cannot find them. Jean Valjean thinks he is
In Les Miserables and The Kite Runner a big theme is a feeling of illegitimacy. In Les Miserables Jean rescues Cosette from the Thenardiers and this creates a father daughter bond that neither one questions until Marius comes along. When Marius finds out Jean is an ex-convict his tries to separate Cosette and Jean, but still honors Jean’s request to keep this from Cosette, this is the first time that Jean really feels that he is not Cosette’s actual father and has no right to keep seeing her if it is against Marius’ wishes. This creates a rift between the two because Jean feels like an illegitimate father. Things are not fixed between the two until Marius figures out that Jean is not a murderer or a thief and he allows Cosette to go to Jean’s deathbed.
Cosette is abused while staying with the Thendardiers, and she needs someone to redeem her from her life in poverty. The Thénardiers treat Cosette as an object even though Fantine pays on behalf of Cosette. Before Fantine, Cosettes mother, dies; Jean Valjean promises to get Cosette. Jean Valjean pays for Cosette, and he does not realize that he redeems her from abuse, poverty, and suffering. Cosette goes with Jean Valjean, receiving redemption through him, because she could not have it on her own.
In his novel Hugo addresses the need for social reform and change in the crumbling and corrupt streets of French society. He specifically emphasizes improvement in education, the justice system, and the attitude of society towards women, and their political impact on French culture. Hugo does this particularly through Fantine, a woman who resorts to prostitution after being dismissed from her job as a factory worker; in addition to the existence of her illegitimate daughter, Cosette, her blemished reputation disables her from working in another reputable place. Because of Fantine’s shortage of an education and of society’s negative view of women abused by noble men, she is representative of the social injustices against women during this time. She’s illustrative of the gulf in France’s hierarchical system. Her condemnation to a life as a prostitute after being used by an aristocratic man highlights the social shortcomings present in the nobility’s attitude towards the lower classes, which continued to suffer. The misfortune that falls on Jean Valjean, an innocent man who only stole bread to help his dying sister, also represents the crookedness of France’s justice system. Valjean is likened to a habitual criminal and thrown in jail for nineteen years, an absurd sentence for only a loaf of bread. What’s worse is that he’s
Jean was inside the cafe, bodies of his friends around him. His eyes were dull with pain and disbelief, sadness, anger and self-hate. He brought his friends, the family he chose, to this bloodbath. He had believed in a better France, so they had. He believed the people would rise, but they didn’t, and now the believers lay dead.