The Timeless Power of Les Miserables

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The Timeless Power of Les Miserables The book Les Miserables, written by Victor Hugo in 1862, created a sensation throughout the world (Royston and Schlesinger 2). That impression continued through theatrical productions and most recently the musical, but the book contains greater detail and adds a deeper understanding of Hugo's epic story than the movie or musical portray. Regretfully, few people in World society take the time to relish this masterpiece. Living in a fast paced world, many people today consider reading a time-consuming, senseless activity, and those who still read most likely choose a shorter novel rather than the 1500 page story of Les Miserables. However, the author states, "I don't know if it will…show more content…
Daughter to the Thenardiers, Eponine adores Marius who sees her merely as a friend. This creates a vague love triangle between Eponine, Marius, and Cosette. Along with the personal stories surrounding Valjean's life, the beginning of the French Revolution encompasses the lives of all the characters. The feeling of discontentment among the people and loyalty to the barricade helps to shape the outcome of each individual sub-plot. The outcome of each story affects Valjean's life in various ways and degrees. Society today anticipates an action filled novel to entertain them, and Les Miserables provides intense action through its many stories without confusing or boring the reader. Finally, the theme of Les Miserables still entices people in this decade. Dwight Hillis describes the theme by stating, "Les Miserables is unique, in that it exhibits the worst man as having a divine spark that no injustice can extinguish, a spark which God guards and feeds, making it incorruptible in this life and immortal in the next" (123). The idea that goodness always prevails and receives its award strongly exists in the hopes of people today as it did when Hugo wrote the novel. Jean Valjean stems from the classification as a thief and rises through his good deeds in life to "become a saint" (Lee 1). Not only do people today enjoy reading about the good defeating the evil, they also envision that defeat as a possibility in

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