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Le Colonel Chabert exhibits the relationship between strong and weakcharacters The degree of strength within a character reflects how wellthe character survives in society In society weak characters often haveno identity profession or rank Stronger characters have power to succeedfrom inner confidence motivation and ambition Any drastic changesbrought to the body or soul by the environment corrupts that personsstrength thereby affecting their ability to function properly in societyThis comparison of characters gives an understanding of Balzacspessimistic view of nineteenth century societyA characters strength and energy in the novel determines theirsurvival in society Colonel Chabert has been known to be a courageoushero in the past je commandais un rgiment de cavalerie EylauJai t beaucoup dans le succes de la clbre charge Once he returnsto Paris after his injury he loses his identity and becomes the weakcharacter of society This is a rapid decline down the ladder ofsuccess and Chabert tries desperately to climb back up to the top wherehe had been before At the beginning of the novel there is a vision of aslow non-energetic man walking progressively up the stairs to lawyerDervilles study which contrasts the boisterous energy of the clerksChabert reaches Dervilles study and is determined to find the lawyer tohelp him find justice for his infortunes me suis-je dtermin venir vous trouver Je vous parlerai de mes malhers plus tard Chabertdemonstrates some energy left in him by his will to retrieve everythingthat he lost This energy to gain back his power changes to furious andrevengeful energy upon learning what his wife had done Les yeux delhomme nergique brillaient rallums aux feux du dsir et de lavengeance After a period of time Chabert loses hope and bids farewellforever He gives up his identity to become an unknown person as herealizes that his strength of character is not enough to keep him alive inthis society He sees himself weakening when seeing his wife and herchildren as he does not have
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