Les Miserables

Les Miserables: An Embodiment of Post-Revolution Feelings 10th Grade

In Les Miserables, a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, many characters acted according to their convictions in liberalism, nationalism, and reactionaries. These characters appeared in the June Rebellion of 1832. Along with these characters, many nationalists, liberalists, who were unsatisfied with the current societal order, and even reactionaries, who were content with the prevailing regime, appeared during this time. They embraced post-French Revolution and Napoleonic themes relating to equality, overthrowing the monarchymonarchy overthrow, and wanting a will to return to the status quo. Many assisted in the June Rebellion and some even fought against it. The post French Revolution and Napoleonic themes are represented in characters, for Javert embodies the ideas of reactionaries, Enjolras of nationalism, and Gavroche of liberalism.

Javert, a conservative police inspector, embodies the ideas of reactionaries. Reactionaries hold political viewpoints that favor a return to the status quo of society. Nearly all of them, including Javert, rejected ideas of rebellion and the overthrow of monarchy, for those thoughts sought to change society. Being an elderly man, Javert saw the horrors of the French Revolution and evidently...

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