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Running head: VALJEAN AND JAVERT1Valjean and Javert A Tale of Two Scared MenJim DealColorado Christian University
VALJEAN AND JAVERT2Valjean and Javert A Tale of Two Scared MenIn Les Misérables, the main characters Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert are each have very different perspectives on crime, punishment, and redemption, but they are both driven by fear throughout the story. Valjean begins the story in fear of the future having been paroled after 19 years in prison he has nowhere to go and no hope. He committed a crime and served his punishment, but his passport was such that no one wanted to help him until he met the Bishop who gave him a chance at redemption. "Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I buy from you; I withdraw it from black thoughts and the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God" (Hugo, V., & Hapgood, I. F., 2018, p. 130). Later in the story when his life turns around, he is in constant fear of being found out even though he has reformed,and wants to live a quiet life. Javert, by contrast, is a very ambitious man but appears to be in fear of anyone getting away with any crime. He demands punishment to the extreme for all crimes and does not believe that a criminal of any level can reform.The two main characters have opposite perspectives on most things including crime. Valjean was a criminal, and he owned it. "‘See here. My name is Jean Valjean. I am a convict from the galleys. I have passed nineteen years in the galleys" (Hugo, V., & Hapgood, I. F., 2018,

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