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Les Miserables Essays

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In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo portrays human nature in a neutral state. Humans are born with neither great nor poor instincts, but rather society influences our actions and thoughts. Hugo portrays the neutral state of mind through Jean Valjean and Cosette. The 2 extremes of good and evil are represented by Thénardier and the bishop. Nice and evil coexists from the society and influences Valjean and Cosette. It's the two cases of good and bad that dictate the lives of Valjean and Cosette. The bishop represents love and charity. Everything he's ever had, he also gave to charity. When the bishop first met Valjean, he explained, "You shouldn't tell me that you are. This isn't my home; it's the home of Christ. It does not inquire any comer if he's got a name, but if he's got an illness. You are suffering; you are hungry and thirsty; be more welcome. And do not thank me; don't tell me that I take you in my home... whatever is here is yours." (pg. 15-16) The bishop did not look at him because of convict; he looked at him as a fellow brother. Afterwards, once the bishop discovered that Valjean stole his silver, he wasn't angry, but offered all of his silver to Valjean stating, "Don't forget that you chose me to use this silver to become an honest guy." Thénardier, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of the bishop. He represents the corruptive nature of society. He is the one that affects people for the bad. An illustration of the way Thénardier signifies greed and evil is how he...

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