Les Miserables Journal Entry

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“Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!”(Pg. 33) This shows how that even though a man went through, metaphorically, hell, he does not have to stay there but can turn to God and become a better man and not let hate and anger swell up within him.

“He lived peaceable, reassured, and hopeful, having but two thoughts: to conceal his life, and to sanctify his life: to escape from men and to return to God.”(Pg. 72) It shows that even if a man tries hiding from his past and even if he is trying to become good man by hiding his past and his shame from his face; he is simply digging a hole deeper and deeper for himself as the past will always be there till we face it as it is only concealed, not erased.

Character: “See here! My name is Jean Valjean. I am a convict: I have been nineteen years in the galleys. Four days ago I was set free, …… I went to an inn, and they sent me away on account of my yellow passport …… I am very tired—twelve leagues on foot, and I am so hungry. Can I stay?” (Pg. 17) Jean Valjean saw himself as nothing but a yellow piece of paper and is seeking help as none would give him it as he feels lower than the dirt as he bluntly announces it and believes that he will not receive it.

“Well” said he¸ ”let us take this course! Let us do our duty! Let us save this man!” …… Do what he might, he always fell back upon this sharp dilemma which was at the bottom of his thought. To remain in paradise and there become a demon! To reenter into hell and there become an angel! (Pg. 75) Jean Valjean disguised as Monsieur Madeleine sees that even though he has risen up and has become more than just dirt it is not worth to live than to live a lie and let…...

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