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On The Use Of Emotion In Les Miserables The emotions displayed in Victor Hugos Les Miserables range from anger and despair to joy and peace Emotions play a major role in the readers perception of characters situations and the novel as a whole They can be used to manipulate the reader into thinking or feeling different things The strongest emotions in Les Mis are love and hate These two are so far from each other that they provoke the reader to make their own decisions regarding characters and situations Each can bring out the best or the worst in a reader as well For instance love can cause the reader to feel especially warm towards certain characters involved Love can be traced through almost every chapter of Les Mis whether it be between two people who are living or two people separated by death In Cosette and Jean Valjeans case the love is like that of two lovers but is completely pure Cosette until her adulthood is not even aware of the fact that Valjean is not her father It causes the reader to feel a childlike love for Jean Valjean Another instance of love in a different form is that of Cosette and Marius This is very similar to Cosettes love for Jean Valjean devoted and pure but she loves Marius for different reasons and with a different part of her soul The reader feels drawn into the romance between the two lovers To describe the depth of their love their time spent together was such that A thunderbolt might have fallen within thirty paces of them and they would not have suspected it so deeply was the reverie of the one absorbed and buried in the reverie of the other Hugo 336 A final display of love that spans the line between life and death is that of Fantine to Cosette Even though Cosette is unaware that she has a mother
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