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
In Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, conflict arises between an inspector named Javert and an ex-convict named Jean Valjean. Stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family, Valjean was enslaved for 19 years. After breaking parole, he wants to kill Javert for wasting his life. All things considered, he spares the inspector's life. With enormous empathy, Valjean realized that Javert had wasted his own life
Hugo says that the coming of Valjean into Cosette's life was like the coming of God, or an important person in life.
Some people will do anything for those they love, no matter what the cost. In literature, this act of sacrifice is often exaggerated and glorified. Almost every novel contains some example of sacrifice, a giving up of something dear and precious without thought of material repayment. Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables, is no exception. It is, in fact, full to overflowing of sacrifice between its different characters. Two such characters are Eponine and Jean Valjean, who each sacrifice an extraordinary amount to other characters.
For starters, Napoleon symbolizes Fidel Castro. Fidel overthrew Batista’s government just like how Napoleon became the leader and told Snowball to leave. Another similarity in the book is Napoleon’s dogs. Napoleon’s dogs represent Castro’s army. The dog’s represent Fidel’s army because the dogs show Napoleon authority, just like how Castro’s army showed Castro. The other animals on the farm represent the citizens of Cuba. The citizens of Cuba were afraid of Fidel’s men just like how the animals were afraid of Napoleon’s dogs. The animals in Animal Farm know that if one did not follow any of Napoleon’s seven commandments, one will be punished. Just like how the citizens of Cuba were. If one did not follow the rules or disagreed, one citizen would be
Sacrifice is seen throughout the Les Miserables, because it is a prominent part of human living. Sacrifice is greater in those who have less. Hugo conveys sacrifice through the characters Jean Valjean and Fantine, showing how they sacrificed in order to gain a better life, self-forgiveness
&#9;Another major symbolic image in this novel is the birds. They are, however, almost completely disregarded in the movie. They symbolize repeating cycles as well as the entrapment of women. In the opening lines of the book, the parrot keeps "repeating over and over: ‘Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi!’" (Chopin, 1) This represents the cycles that reoccur throughout the novel. One example is the nine-month cycle of life that is evident through Madame Ratignolle’s pregnancy. Additionally, the mocking bird represents the ability to dare and defy for he "hung on the other side of the door, whistling his fluty notes out upon the breeze with maddening persistence." (Chopin, 1) The movie doesn’t mention any of this.
"It is precisely of him that I wished to speak. Dispose of me as you please; but help me first to carry him home. I only ask that of you." Upon examination of Les Miserables, it is clearly evident that the elements of Forgiveness, Self Sacrifice, and Courage are only a few of the main themes Hugo wanted to develop.
The best- known character in Animal Farm is Napoleon, he is known for all the mischief he's done to the farm. Orwell illustrates how Napoleon and Stalin are similar, due to the fact that Napoleon changed the seven commandments when he failed to follow them. He is an allegory for Stalin, who had too much power and took advantage
The tone of the passage is "troubled," which diction, syntax, and imagery create. The author, Victor Hugo, uses melancholy words, like intolerable, somber, and trembling, to describe what Jean Valjean is going through and his confusion. Creating a fluid idea of uncertainty, the word choice adds to the tone by varying connotation. In one sentence, the author describes painful glimpses, but in the next, glimpses of light are vivid. Along with diction, Hugo uses syntax to create his hesitant tone. The sentences in this passage are complex, leading one to think that Valjean’s mind is rambling, filled with thoughts and uncertainty. Using imagery, a way to paint a picture with words, the author describes settings and events in this passage. Working
In his novel, Les Miserables, Victor Hugo identifies the principle social evils of French society through the actions and qualities of his characters. By depicting each of his characters’ struggles through destitute and oppressed measures, Hugo is able to identify the social errors of 19th century France. The fact that characters such as Valjean, Javert, Fantine, and Cosette, attempt to rise above poverty and redeem themselves indicate that such inequalities did, and still do, exist to this day. Through the use of feminist ideals and the criminal injustice system, Hugo attacks the principle social evils that each of his characters face in Les Miserables.
In the novel Animal Farm, the writer satirizes certain characters, in an effort to depict society in a humorous way. This essay will focus on the characters of Boxer, Mollie and Napoleon.
In two of our previous essays the readers are exposed to three minor animal characters that help to build the characterization of the protagonists in the essays. In “The Fourth State of Matter,” the collie dog and squirrels help to convey the kind of person JoAnn Beard is. Similarly, in “Repeat After Me,” Henry the parrot, helps to build on who Lisa Sedaris is as well as to create a reflection of himself. With these animals as support for the protagonists, they help develop certain aspects of the protagonists’ personalities and identities, thereby consequently conveying the authors’ deeper messages of the essays.
The theme of extreme censorship is conveyed through a variety of techniques including the use animal imagery and the symbolism of fire, water and the Phoenix. Throughout the novel animal and nature imagery is used to represent the force of truth and innocence. When Clarisse convinces Montag to taste the rain it changes him irreversibly showing him the enlightening power of unspoiled nature. Most of the novel’s animal imagery is ironic because even though the community is dominated by technology and disregards nature, many of the intimidating mechanical devices are modeled or named after animals for instance the Mechanical Hound and the Electric-Eyed Snake.
Les Miserables is a characteristic romantic work in both theme and form. In theme the novel assaults the traditional social structure, glorifies freedom of thought and spirit, and makes a hero of the average individual. In this novel the several characters were portrayed as heros. It follows the lives and interactions of several French