“His mental attitude was compounded of two very simple principles, admirable in themselves, but which, by carrying them to extremes, he made almost evil-respect for authority and hatred of revolt against it” said Victor Hugo describing Javert’s one sided manner of thought. Jean lived in constant fear of Javert arresting him and returning him back to the galleys. The Thenardiers played a massive role in abusing power. They feel that since they are “taking care” of Cosette for Fantine willingly, they have the right to treat her any way they deem
In The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck follows the Joad family as they suffer the hardships caused by the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. The most important lesson people can learn from the novel is the value of a human life. Although the 1930’s was a low point in American society, the ill-treatment of human beings is still relevant today. Just like Jim Casy’s philosophy, it is important to fight for the rights of the people and their dignity. There are several examples of oppression in The Grapes of wrath.
When one reads Les Miserables it may be assumed that Jean Valjean and Javert are opposites, but upon closer consideration, their similarities are more numerous than a first glance lets on. To begin, they are both men and will therefore both struggle with things of men, which gives immediate grounds for comparison. A ground for contrast is also present, for every man struggles with different matters.
There was a lot to consider he had to think, what if I do save these people then what, will I live, what if I die trying to save there life. Sometimes your survival instinct doesn’t kick in right away and you must do whatever is necessary to save yourself. Another thing people will do in order to survive is they will kill you or harm you.
For example, one of the key points that is constantly brought up in Sinclair’s novel is how these companies view their workers, and how that leads them to atrociously use them. The protagonist, Jurgis Rudkus, states how he was, “… the victim of ravenous vultures that had torn into his vitals and devoured him; of fiends that had racked and tortured him, … and they could do nothing...the law was against them, the whole machinery of society was at their oppressors' command!”(p.184-185) Originally, Jurgis had moved to America with his family with hopes and dreams for a happy life. However, working in the factories has torn him apart at the seams and took everything he had away from him, including his reasons to live. Once they had drained his strength, they tossed him aside like a rag doll, and left him to fend for himself without a job.
He is stuck with his job to support his family, and he wishes he could just quit his job. Once he quits his job he thought he was going to be free. However, that is not the case he ends up stuck in his room by his family. When he was working he was like a slave and the same thing happened when he quit his job. He was a slave for his family and they neglect him as well.
His whole life he believed in doing what was right, and burning books, because the government categorize them as “useless” and “wrong” if they were used. But when Montag met a teenage girl named Clarisse, she started to ask Montag about his life. One question that Clarisse asked him was “are you happy?” Clarisse was asking him if his life truly made him happy or not. This intrigued Montag, it made him look at his life, which made him realize that he really wasn't happy with his life.
Pierre always respected the people, he fought for there rights and wanted what was best for them. He always shoed a passion for these two things and always fought for them. "If you live in a society where those who govern society and determine its path do not respect freedom of speech and freedom of religion, freedom of choice, freedom of assembly, and if there is no democratic process and no way to change the order of things by reason and peace and love and so on, and if, as a result of that, certain ideas in which you believe are being crushed, then I think the only way you can defend yourself against this violence is in using violence of your own. " I feel that this quote represents his passion for the people, it shows that he wants the people to fight for what they believe in and stay true to your
In France, the people wanted revenge against the oppressive leadership and luxurious lifestyles of the rich in society. Upon finding out that the aristocrats have lost their property, they decide to take action by invading one of France’s most tightly guarded prisons, the Bastille.
Grapes of Wrath clearly illustrate the class struggle between workers and the upper class. Steinbeck displays the discrimination between the migrant people and landowners. Migrant workers are handled worse than animals, family’s or “Okies” are starving as food is wasted by the wealthy and the landowners maintain control through violence. “What do you want us to do? We can't take less share of the crop – we're half starved now.
The sequel of the popular novel To Kill a Mockingbird, presents a rather controversial take on familiar characters, and explores ideas left untouched in the first book. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee decides to tackle the subject of human principles and morality, consciousness, the way people can be affected by their environment, and the very idea of a hero. The book emphasizes the way perspective can change with age, as people explore different things, live in different places, and learn from observing. Jean Louis, as she now prefers to be named, revisits her hometown of Maycomb and reconnects with relatives and old friends, but becomes troubled as her father doesn't meet the standards of the idealized version she had created of him
When you talked about Jean Laffite there are many ways people refer to him as a pirate ,privateer, gentleman, King of Barataria,governor of texas,and as a spy. Laffite was born in France in 1780 or 1781 both Laffite and his intelligent brother Pierre were sons of a French father and a Spanish mother .The Laffite family migrated to the island of Hispaniola ,then fled during the turmoil of rebellion, and the brothers may have reached New Orleans by 1804. In 1808 the Laffite brothers open a blacksmith shop and in that year they used their blacksmith shop to cover for their smuggling business. Many people join Laffite crew soon he had an army of smugglers and pirates. The crew helped Laffite smuggle good through the swamps and bayous of Louisiana.
The actions of the Frenchman were not needed shouldn’t have happened. The French Revolution could be reacted to in many different ways. It could be look at as an example. To show what happens when someone becomes power hungry.
Characters like Tom, Ma, Jim Casy, and even the greedy businessmen demonstrate how important it is to work with others and not against them. Through the effectiveness and uniting power of cooperation and family ties during times of adversity in The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck conclusively illustrates that two is truly better than one. Also, when the Joads and Wilsons join together in a mutually beneficial relationship, they become much stronger through sharing than they would have otherwise. When Tom asks the Wilsons to come along with their family, Ma makes the point that they “‘won’t be no burden.
The autobiography, The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, provides a vivid insight into the complicated, yet exhilarating, life of Rousseau. The beginning of his life was filled with misfortunes, such as the death of his mother which was quickly followed by a distraught and self-sabotaging attitude which his father adopted. This led to his father’s involvement in illegal behaviors and the subsequent abandonment of Rousseau. His mother’s death was the catalyst for his journey to meet multiple women who would later affect his life greatly. The Influence of Miss Lamberciers, Madame Basile, Countess de Vercellis, and Madam de Warens on the impressionable adolescent mind of Rousseau led to the positive cultivation of self-discovery and the creation of new experiences, as well as the development of inappropriate sexual desires and attachments towards women.