Psychology in Les Miserables - I am the Law When it first came out in 2012 I went to go see the movie version of the musical Les Miserables Although it

Psychology in Les Miserables - I am the Law When it first...

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I am the LawWhen it first came out in 2012, I went to go see the movie version of the musical Les Miserables. Although it is centered around the redemptionof Jean Valjean, a convict released from prison after nineteen years, I want to focus on Javert. As the son of a convict and a gypsy, he was born in a prison. In order to prove he is a good person, unlike his parents, he spendshis life performing various roles within the French criminal justice system. It is his belief that people cannot change, that once a prisoner, always a prisoner, and that the law must always be strictly enforced.Javert releases Jean Valjean from prison and gives him strict rules forparole. Valjean promptly breaks his parole and assumes a new identity as the mayor of a small town. Javert spends his life searching for Valjean in order to put him behind bars yet again. When he discovers Valjean as mayor, but then realizes that they have a (false) Jean Valjean in custody, he requests to be fired in disgrace for falsely accusing. Javert’s life consists ofduty and following the rules. Twice Valjean forgives Javert: the first time when Javert does not punish him for turning him in, and the second time when Valjean is given the job of executing Javert by the French

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