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Victor Hugos characters in Les Miserables reform throughout the novel The theme of reform can be seen many times throughout the novel Two main characters Jean Valjean and Javert both reform their lives in different ways Jean Valjean began the story as an ex-convict who was searching for food and shelter after being in the galleys for a large portion of his life Unfortunately he failed to receive compassion from any lodging or home After he found shelter within the Bishops home he expressed his gratitude for accepting him At this point the Bishop told him You have left a place of suffering But listen there will be more joy in heaven over the tears of a repentant sinner28 Valjean could have taken this as good advice but it didnt stop him stealing the Bishops candlesticks later on A short while later Valjean is caught He was brought to the Bishop but the Bishop chose to deny Valjeans theft and went along with Valjeans story by saying that he had given the candle sticks to Jean Valjean Valjeans turning point and reform begin with the last words the Bishop shares with him You belong no longer to evil but to good It is your soul that I am buying from you I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition I give it to God 39 We begin to see obvious change in Valjeans life and his identity was actually changed twice in an attempt to hide away his past convict life Eventually Jean Valjean is faced with a dilemma He had to make a choice between the death of an innocent man who is thought to be Valjean or giving himself up and living in hiding once again The only thing that he took into consideration was his promise to Fantine to take care of her daughter Cossette after she died At this point in the novel Jean Valjean has practically
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