Les Miserables Argumentative Essay

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Les Miserables


Les Miserables


In Victor Hugo's Les Miserables Jean Valjean goes through many difficult struggles and
finds the much needed influence to help him. There are three characters who influence
Jean: Bishop Bienvenu, Cosette, and

Bishop Bienvenu's influence on Jean is similar to that of a father's influence on his son.
Bishop Bienvenu's influence is critical to the start of Jean's life after prison. The
Bishop was the only person that would shelter Jean for that long first night. During the
night Jean stole his silver wear. Instead of being angry, the Bishop confirms Jean's story
and gives him the silver candlesticks too. ‘"Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer
belong to evil, but to good. I have bought your soul, that it may not be lost."'(26). The
Bishop's Influence on Jean will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Cosette's influence on Jean Valjean is welcome and realized most by Jean. Cosette
influenced Jean with her need for love and a father figure. When Jean first met Cosette,
he realized her reaching out for someone to fill in these missing spots in her life. As
Jean took care of Cosette he gave her a loving, elder, trustworthy, male role she has been
waiting for for support and stability. The time they spent together warmed both of their
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