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Les Miserables is a story of redemption forgiveness charity salvation and moral obligation The main character Jean Valjean enters the novel as a thief having spent nineteen years in prison He is given this second chance by M Myriel a prominent bishop who offers Jean Valjean food and lodging and by doing so he paves the way for Jean Valjean to live a life of financial prosperity and renewed spiritual faith Jean Valjean poses as M Madeleine in this pure and natural life but soon comes across a dilemma Jean Valjean has to choose to remain in paradise and there become a demon or to reenter into hell and there become an angel p 84 Through this conflict Hugo proposes two kinds of life the life of a comfortable wealthy man with few moral obligations and the life of a struggling but ultimately virtuous convict Through this conflict Hugo expresses Jean Valjeans inner turmoil and his ultimate choice to trade material comfort for moral comfort and selfishness for selflessness In this paradise that Jean Valjean lives in he takes on the role of M Madeleine a prosperous mayor who brings wealth to the entire region of which he governs He is very generous to the poor has a good conscience and seems always to be calm One day Fauchelevent an old man falls under his cart and is unable to get out M Madeleine goes under the cart and risks his life for this old man M Madeleine also saves Fantine from time in jail Javert sentences her for defending herself from someone who taunts her because of her looks Despite all of these acts of goodness Jean Valjean has done little to reconcile the real moral and legal dilemmas in his life and they eventually begin to reappear The deeds he carries out are true to his kindly nature but they almost also seem like repayment to the world for the ills
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