Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo

528 Words Feb 21st, 2018 2 Pages
One is highly capable of achieving virtually anything regardless of the background in which they were brought up in. The characters in the novel Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo illustrate their free will through their actions. They are essentially given the chance to develop their own forthcoming. One particular character that falls into this category is Jean Valjean. Jean Valjean was born into poverty and had to make enough money to feed himself and his sister, along with her seven children. One winter was particularly rough and he had to make a decision to steal a loaf of bread from Maubert Isabeau, the baker on the church square in Faverolles, to feed his starving family. Due to his actions, “Jean Valjean was found guilty and condemned to five years in the galleys.” (Book 1, VI, Pg. 72) During his time in jail he educated himself in essential life abilities such as writing and reading, which ended up being and advantage in the future. After Jean Valjean was released from jail he stayed the night at Monsieur Myriel’s house, he woke up bright and early in the morning and made the decision to take his set of silver. Three gendarmes had thought Jean Valjean was suspicious and brought him back to Monsieur. He then acts as if he had…
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