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In his novel Les Miserables author Victor Hugo makes a strong statement about society being the cause for evil in man Les Miserables is based on a poor man Jean Valjean who was arrested for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sisters starving baby Valjean is sentenced to 20 years for his crime and when he is released he is shunned for his past which he has more than paid for Society turns him out at every turn for his past crime and will hear no excuses for his deed With this scenario Hugo shows the cruelty of a civilized world that would cause a man to suffer unending prejudice for stealing a single loaf of bread to feed a small child As the ill treatment continues Valjean becomes more and more bitter toward society He probably would have been pushed too far and would have lashed out against his aggressors if he had not been shown kindness by the church Valjean was taken in by a kindly Bishop who fed him and offered him a place to stay Valjean however had already fallen partially from the light of reason and when all the others were asleep he stole the silver dinner ware and fled into the night This act again can be blamed on society for Valjean realizing that because of his criminal record he would probably never again be able to obtain a job and support himself saw stealing the silverware as his only choice Had he not been caught and returned to the Bishop Valjean probably would have been forced into a life of corruption However to his surprise the priest told the police he had made a present of the silver to Valjean He even gave Valjean the two silver candlesticks he had not taken When the police left the Bishop explained his action saying that with his act of kindness he had bought Valjeans soul for
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