History Literature / LesMiserables

10th Jan '17 5:18:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Cynic}}: Grantaire.

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* {{Cynic}}: TheCynic: Grantaire.
21st Dec '16 12:08:54 PM CrazyPerson
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* PowerTrio: Enjolras, Combeferre, and Courfeyrac are seen as the three leaders as Les Amis de L'ABC with Enjolras as the chief, Combeferre as the guide, and Courfeyrac as the centre.
26th Nov '16 11:15:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbridgedForChildren: ''Les Misérables'' is called (affectionately?) by its readers "the Brick", resulting in multiple attempts to shorten it--however, this is ''not'' an easy text to abridge. Cut versions always leave the revolution subplot in the dust. Fantine's story is castrated, and all character development not centered on Valjean and Javert is pretty much obliterated. Hugo's tableau of France invariably turns into a good and evil story (Valjean and Javert) with a romance subplot (Marius and Cosette) thrown in.
29th Oct '16 6:07:29 PM Javertshark13
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** Valjean also pulls this when he shuts down Thénardier's attempt to extort even more money from him in exchange for Cosette.
29th Oct '16 6:05:37 PM Javertshark13
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Inverted. Valjean realizes Javert is suspicious of him, but doesn't seem to realize why until the cart rescue, when Javert reveals that he worked at the prison in Toulon. To Valjean, Javert didn't stand out much during his prison time- he was just one of many guards at the prison over the years. Javert, on the other hand, remembers Valjean very well for his immense strength and repeated escape attempts.
29th Oct '16 10:36:03 AM CJCroen1393
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* TheBadGuyWins: In a sense--the only character who has everything he wants by the end of the story is Thenardier.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Almost every character dies]], but Cosette and Marius live HappilyEverAfter and [[spoiler:Valjean's death]] comes peacefully, with Cosette by his side. The June Rebellion failed, but the revolutionaries didn't die in vain: [[UsefulNotes/RevolutionsOf1848 Louis Philippe was overthrown in 1848]], [[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Napoleon III in 1870]], and the French Third Republic was established that same year. In other words, the world they died for ''did'' come true eventually.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Almost every character dies]], but Cosette and Marius live HappilyEverAfter and [[spoiler:Valjean's death]] comes peacefully, with Cosette by his side. The June Rebellion failed, but the revolutionaries didn't die in vain: [[UsefulNotes/RevolutionsOf1848 Louis Philippe was overthrown in 1848]], [[UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar Napoleon III in 1870]], and the French Third Republic was established that same year. In other words, the world they died for ''did'' come true eventually. Additionally, the only character who gets an unambiguously happy ending is Thenardier, the ''[[TheBadGuyWins villain]]''.
11th Jun '16 1:42:56 PM Tarlonniel
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Although he eventually decided it was the only option to take, from a more utilitarian point of view Valjean giving up his identity resulted only in catastrophes: It hastened Fantine's death (although she might not have lived much longer anyway), got Valjean nearly executed (he got pardoned... to life imprisonment), meant that Cosette had to stay nine months longer with the Thénardiers, and completely ruined the town of Montreuil-sur-Mer. Keeping that in mind, sacrificing Champmathieu doesn't seem quite as terrible anymore.
** Also, when he arrives to see Fantine, her nurses tell him that she thinks he's gone for Cosette. They suggest that he go and get her, then return to see Fantine, so she won't realize this was a lie. Instead, he insists on seeing her and pretends Cosette is with him. Javert arrives moments later to arrest him, and the realization that Cosette isn't there leads to her death.
17th May '16 10:59:26 PM Sharkemental
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''Les Misérables'' (1862) is a sprawling epic by Creator/VictorHugo, the seeds of which can be found in some of his earlier, shorter works, such as his novel(la) ''[[Literature/TheLastDayOfACondemnedMan Le dernier jour d'un condamné]]'', which also treats upon the subject of the penal system in France and includes a character that resembles what could later be called an AU-style Valjean. It was made into a very well-known [[Theatre/LesMiserables musical play]] that has run for nearly thirty years.

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''Les Misérables'' (1862) is a sprawling epic by Creator/VictorHugo, the seeds of which can be found in some of his earlier, shorter works, such as his novel(la) ''[[Literature/TheLastDayOfACondemnedMan Le dernier jour Dernier Jour d'un condamné]]'', Condamné]]'', which also treats upon the subject of the penal system in France and includes a character that resembles what could later be called an AU-style Valjean. It was made into a very well-known [[Theatre/LesMiserables musical play]] that has run for nearly thirty years.
17th Apr '16 12:34:27 AM Synchronicity
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Cosette is unambiguously beautiful to complement her genuinely kind and caring personality. Enjolras is described as having an "angelic beauty" that reflects his love for France and his genuine desire for social change. In contrast, the Thénardiers are unattractive besides being cowardly, abusive, selfish con people.
30th Mar '16 10:29:22 AM TheUnknownUploader
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** A literal example with the two pistols Javert gives Marius.



* CorruptBureaucrat: When Valjean is recaptured and brought to trial, the prosecutor falsely states that he was part of a gang of robbers from the south. This is a factor in Valjean recieving a death sentence (which is commuted to life).

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* CorruptBureaucrat: When Valjean is recaptured and brought to trial, the prosecutor falsely states that he was part of a gang of robbers from the south. This is a factor in Valjean recieving receiving a death sentence (which is commuted to life).


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* VillainBall: An entire chapter is dedicated to describing how Javert holding it allowed Valjean and Cosette to escape his clutches.
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