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Critical Review Les Miserables Les Miserables is an epic musical saga of Jean Valjean and his long journey to salvation He is released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang for stealing a loaf of bread Valjean unknowingly bargains for his soul with a saintly bishop and spends the rest of his life trying to do good in order to repay him The Inspector Javert continues to relentlessly pursue Valjean even though he is trying to start anew He has become the mayor of Montreuil and the manager of a factory Meanwhile one of his workers Fantine is the mother of an illegitimate daughter Cosette Cosette is living with the Thenardiers an innkeeper his wife and their own daughter Eponine Fantine is fired from the factory after word of her daughter gets out and a series of other incidents She becomes a prostitute and asks Valjean while on her deathbed to care for Cosette Valjean adopts Cosette and they move to Paris where Cosette meets and falls in love with Marius a student with whom Eponine is also in love The students barricade the streets of Paris and the rebellion begins As the insurrection continues Javert has been captured in the students camp as a spy Eponine is killed and Valjean has joined the students and drags an injured Marius into the sewers to save him The students desire to kill Javert but Valjean prevents this from happening Javert beside himself for being saved by the man of whom he was in pursuit kills himself by throwing himself into the Seine River Years later on his deathbed Valjean confesses to Marius that he saved him Now having paid for his sins he can die peacefully Marius and Cosette eventually marry and Valjean dies Upon his death the ghosts of Eponine Fantine and others who have died before him meet Leaving us on an optimistic note the belief that good will always prevail
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