Theme Of Les Miserables

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The theme of the importance of others is evident throughout the film, play and book, Les Miserables by Tom Hooper which is set during the French revolution in the late 1700s. This timeless theme shines through each of the many characters who go through change and character development through the influence of others. For instance, Valjean was able to escape his lifestyle of deceit and poverty directly through the bishop who led him towards the path of light and hope through trust and respect. In the beginning, Jean Valjean, prisoner 24601, is a convict hardened by slavery-like prison. His 19 years in prison for stealing bread for his sister’s dying son made him grow hateful of the world around him, as he has said in his soliloquy “for I have come to hate the world, this world that always hated me.” When he was finally sent free on parole, he spent nights being beaten, driven out, and rejected until he met the bishop who offered food, and a place to rest to Valjean who immediately accepts desperately. Despite the bishop’s family’s hospitality, Valjean commits another crime by stealing their possessions while they were sound asleep. However, Valjean is caught by guards the next morning and is brought back to the bishop who spares him, giving him mercy. In addition, the bishop hands him 2 prized candle holders saying “but remember this my brother, see in this some higher plan. You must use this precious silver, to become an honest man.” The tune sung in this scene is again sung
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