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The book Les Miserables star character, Jean Valjean, is very unique, ideal person. The way he views his surroundings and the way he goes about living is very indescribably different than any of the characters in this book. The world he lives in is a very strict and harsh one, but he still finds a way to survive it all very sufficiently. He gives himself rules and ways to abide with, he falls in and out of loving life, and he is very strong and has the will to fight for what he feels is right. Jean Valjean lives his own life, the one he wants to lead and live and he lets nothing get in the way of that. Even though this character seems unrealistic in a lot of ways, he is realistic to me. Anything can be possible in life.

People come and go in Jean Valjeans life forming him more and more into this great person. The first time this happened was when he was let out of prison on the street after nineteen years. Jean Valjean went from place to place trying to find a place to stay and eat. He was turned away of every place he went to. After this he became hardened; there was nothing left good in the world, it was the world against him. He then found himself at a bishop's home. Where he stayed, then he stole the bishops silver, left and then got caught. When the police brought him back to the bishop, the bishop tells them that he gave Jean Valjean the silver. The bishop then tells Jean Valjean this, "Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you" (39). With this, he left and promised to become an honest man with the silver the bishop gave him. This helped open his eyes and become less of a hardened person.

There are not very many people in this world that are like Jean Valjean. He stands out on his own, he is strong. The things that he has been through have shaped who he is. When people go through hard times it opens their eyes and makes them more aware of what life is and what u have to go through to become the person you want to be in life. The author Victor Hugo depicts this very well in this book with Jean Valjean. When he is out of the prison, he is still hated upon and torn after. Just because he stole food for his family, that he didn't have enough money for, so they wouldn't starve. He is looked at as a convict and someone who is evil. Jean Valjean didn't deserve this label one bit at all. He was doing a good deed and he didn't deserve what he got. To go through a day-to-day basis of being hated or being under a disguise that you did not deserve would be hard. Jean Valjean is a strong person for still living his life the best he can. There should be more people like him.


A person like Jean Valjean is very unpredictable. He could hate the world one day and hate everyone in it; but the next he could love life and want to be with Cosette forever. I guess that's just life, going through hard times and then finding a joy to life. He has been very strong through all the ruff times and kept going on no madder what happened to him. I find this quality very hard to find in a lot of my friends and family. I can be at times their backbone; someone to go to when they need help, advise, or insight. I try to be there for everyone I can. There should be more people in this world that can hold their own like Jean Valjean.

Jean Valjean has gone in and out of some ruff times. He is a realistic character in a sense that life can be limitless to thoughs who run after it. Most people float through life, feeling sorry for themselves and trying to be like everyone else, not living the way their heart tells them to. There are a few people that are alike Jean Valjean in this world. It is excruciatingly rare to find thoughs people who will not let anything get in the way of living, because it is so hard in its self to be like that. You would have to be a very tuff person. Jean Valjean is a very tuff person. Everything that he has gone through and everything that has been blocking him to live a happy life, he has concurred. He shows that anything is possible in life if you try hard enough.

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