Analysis Of Les Miserables By Victor Hugo Essay

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From the moment a person comes into this world, they are bombarded with all different types of stories and narratives, both fictitious and realistic. This causes a natural attraction towards works of literature and theatre, as individuals are always looking for relatable characters to either help them escape from their daily lives or to possibly help them work out their own issues as they are led through the plot; this translates throughout all mediums be it television, theater, books, paintings, and so on.
Les Misérables, first written by Victor Hugo as a novel in 1862 and then adapted into a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil in 1980, demonstrates just how a story can stick with the world as it has spanned over a century and only continues to get more popular as time goes on. The question is: why is it able to retain popularity and relevancy after all this time? Well, Les Misérables, no matter its form taken in the media, poses the question of individual morality not only in relation to themselves, but also to their fellow kinsmen. Each character faces a dilemma that requires a sacrifice of either an altruistic or narcissistic nature, and it is in this struggle the story is pulled from the stage or from the pages to resonate within everyone watching as characters become an extension of their own beliefs and leave them questioning their personal moral compasses while the characters confront their own morality. Jean Valjean is the character that connects…

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