Victor Hugo's Accomplishments

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“A writer is a world trapped in a person”. This famous line given by Victor Hugo could apply to many lives throughout history, but none more than his own. Through his dozens of literary works and countless poems, Victor Hugo has created worlds that have changed his world and the political landscape around him. His works are the foundation of Broadway Musicals, hit movies, and even serve as the inspiration for writers such as Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Albert Camus, according to Megan Behrent, an English literature graduate and writer for the ISR. Victor Hugo was a French novelist, dramatist, and poet, and his works, still popular today, are known around the world. Victor Hugo is significant in the world of literature because of…show more content…
This time period was home to events such as Napoleon I taking over France from the monarchs, the Industrial Revolution taking place in Europe, and the abolishment of slavery in America. The Industrial revolution would have affected Hugo’s work, since much of it was focused on the working class, and the jobs invented by the industrial revolution were the jobs these people would be taking. This time period was also marked by inventions including the locomotive, and the telephone. In fact, the typewriter wasn’t even invented until Hugo was sixty-six years old, which means that all of his work was hand written. From his birth in 1802 until his death in 1885, Victor Hugo lived his life though the height of French Romanticism. Hugo’s idol, Chateaubriand, is considered to be one of the fathers of the French Romanticism. This writing style can also easily be seen through an examination of his works, which clearly displays some of the attributes of romanticism. On of the characteristics of French Romanticism that is very apparent is Hugo’s work is the love of nature. In his poems especially, he uses very descriptive imagery to describe the surroundings to the reader, and often, those surrounding are somewhere in the natural world. Hugo uses the colors of the natural world as part of his descriptions, which is another aspect of the writing style of the time. John C Bailey, who has written…show more content…
At the beginning of his career, because of the influence of his mother, he had a very positive view of the monarchy. Eventually, his views changed and he began to support Napoleon. This was in part because in 1830, his play Marion de Lorme was censored by Charles X after its first performance. It was because of this betrayal from the monarchy he had supported so long that he began to sympathise with the liberals and free-thinkers. He even went on to publish a series of poems called “Lui” praising Napoleon. It was around this time that Hugo’s other political stances began to show in his work as well. One example of this was his stance against capital punishment. In Dernier jour d’un condemn, Hugo tells the story of a man on his last day on earth, the day before his execution in which he says, “‘Society must avenge itself, society must punish.’ Neither one nor the other: vengeance is an individual act, and punishment belongs to God.”.Hugo’s work and ideals also appealed to the working class of France, who shared many of the same political
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