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The Growth of Jean ValJean You no longer belong to evil but to good It is your soul I am buying for you I withdraw it from the dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition and I give it to God Hugo 30 This dramatic statement uttered by the bishop Magloire in Victor Hugos Les Misrables pierced though the many coarse protective outer layers of Jean Valjean awakening his slumbering soul The bishops overall kindness and magnanimity after nineteen years of abuse in the galley sends Valjean into a shock A multitude of new sensations 30 fill his powerful body as his conscience stretches and yawns awakening from nearly two decades of hibernation Emotions courses through him so strong he broke down weeping violently the first salty tears his cheeks had felt in years A single night with the saintly bishop Magloire catalyzes Valjeans soul to revive This marks the beginning of a long journey to rediscover himself the true Jean Valjean hiding beneath his coarse appearance This rebirth occurs in several stages each stage a accompanied by a pseudonym until the end when he acts under his original name Jean Valjean a completely altered man Jean Valjean grows from a hardened convict in the beginning to a judicial mayor a compassionate father a war hero to an almost saint like reinvention of himself willing to sacrifice everything A man with a knapsack and a rope and a terrible-looking face 12 is the original image of Jean Valjean the reader is first acquainted with This wretched appearance 6 is the result of a lifetime of poverty followed by nineteen years of horror and abuse as a galley slave So long he goes without any intimate relationships the only emotion known to him is the will to survive He displays shame over who he is Nineteen years of hard labor hardened and dehumanized him so he does not deem himself
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