Les miserables the labyrinthine story spans two decades in post-revolutionary france and revolves around three characters: valjean, who breaks his probation and seeks a fresh start inspector javert (russell crowe), obsessed with finding valjean and bringing him to justice and the doomed fantine. There are two characters specifically that came to mind their names are jean valjean and javert valjean is a convict who has a conversion because of a catholic bishop showing him mercy he seeks to change his life around and he then lives a life of both justice and mercy the movie revolves around him realizing that,. I cannot think of any work of fiction that conveys the contrast between law and grace as vividly and profoundly as les miserables as a long-time fan of the novel and the musicals, i went to see the movie recently and enjoyed it immensely with minor variations, it's a rendering of the musical, and the. This is the project i give my students after a unit of catholic social teaching involving empathy, solidarity, poverty, redemption, economics, etc students are required to reflect and synthesize about catholic social justice and the themes of les miserables in 8 short answer.
But there are two christianities represented in “les mis” — by the police inspector javert and the convict jean valjean — and though valjean's version under the clean mathematics of retributive justice, a widespread social problem like poverty can never be called “injustice” unless you can trace it to a. Written by victor hugo after the french revolution, les miserables is a story that examines the many levels of social injustice in nineteenth-century france its protagonist, jean valjean, is central to the understanding of this injustice sentenced to 19 years in prison for committing a petty crime, valjean comes to observe the. I think that hugo, not being a realist but a romantic, wanted to display the non- catholics as characters like cosette or valjean and catholics (royalists) as ninety-three tends to be much less dualistic and more spiritually tolerant, though les miserables is indeed a chef-d'oeuvre and spiritually rich.
Les miserables is one of the most beautiful depictions of the christian life done by hollywood in recent years this movie he is lead by fantine to eternity, and awaits the bishop, who embraces him in the doorway of the church, not on earth, but in heaven, where you enter into full communion with god. Through the lens of les miserables, victor hugo's epic examination of “the miserable”–the downtrodden and forgotten part of society the novel turned musical turned recent film starring hugh jackman, russell crowe, anne hathaway, and a whole host of other stars is a marvelous study in social justice.
Writing les misérables was to reconcile the two, which had been at odds ever since the french revolution erupted in 1789 he believed in democracy and social justice and sought to encourage everyone, including the bourgeoisie, to rise up and les misérables, to unite catholic and republican france. Though many people will point to you that the story in les miserables was perfectly compatible with catholic and christian teaching, that's not my point and beyond my scope as again, i am not an expert in literature, but the political situation in france and europe at the mid-19th century at the time hugo. Catholic social teaching is expressed in various ways around the world, the source documents being the various papal encyclical from 1891 to the 7 lesmiserables: rerum novarum is the encyclical referred to in 3 above it is generally considered to mark the beginning of modern catholic social. Les misérables offers a passionate exposé of the artificial hells of hugo's time and a clear statement of widespread social complicity in the creation of these hells most of the book depicts the armed struggle between the royalist and catholic insurgents of vendee and the forces of the ruling revolutionary.
Les misérables is an emotional tour de force with eight oscar nominations, but how does the film stack up in terms of history were fixtures in hugo's les misérables, the musical's writers chose to concentrate on hugo's more romantic themes of individual redemption and simplified ideas of social justice. Sentiments abstractly christian victor hugo, les misérables, and the catholic imagination by addison h hart in 1985, the royal shakespeare company's musical version of victor hugo's les misérables opened to less than enthusiastic critical acclaim the majority of critics were dismissive of the production “there is a. It is interesting to compare this perspective with that of alexis de tocqueville, who belongs to the 'ethical liberalism' faction with a robust catholic inspiration  he cannot be classified as a social catholic and he tocqueville clearly affirmed that “les pays qui paraissent les plus misérables sont ceux qui, en réalité. And hugh jackman is under the impression that the line, to love another person is to see the face of god is an attack on the catholic church all i can say is that, in this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts much greater while i went to see les misérables with my mother-in-law, the husband.
Catholics of good will disagree about the meaning of catholic social teaching and especially about how to apply it in a given situation moreover, there is ongoing development of doctrine on social this question was posed in dramatic fashion in les miserables does jean valjean, who steals bread to feed his starving. The catholic church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society this belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching in our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia the value of human life is being. However, i love les misérables for another reason: it helped bring me back to the catholic faith my family sure, i had just been in a local church wearing my cousin's hand-me-down veil, but i didn't care i felt like a i was like javert, who put his own interpretation of justice and truth before god's teachings i was like the.
A strange phenomenon of pre-vatican ii catholicism was that the average layperson was taught a very narrow and “safe” version of the church's moral teaching they were unlikely to comprehend what catholic film critic steven greydanus pointed out in his appearance on the world over live: that the. Is this book a means of promoting the atheistic (or, at best, deistic and certainly anti-catholic) views of the enlightenment does hugo present a “love of neighbor” which ignores and even vitiates against the revealed law of the gospel and the positive law of the church les miserables is a world which.
Recently i had the chance to see les misérables on broadway for the second time, and its themes of mercy, redemption, and sacrificial love have been swirling through my mind ever since it's no secret that the story, based on the novel by victor hugo, is filled with themes that reflect catholic spirituality. Examining the nature of law and grace, the novel elaborates upon the history of france, the architecture and urban design of paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love les misérables has been popularized through numerous adaptations for the. Read social justice through storytelling in les misérables by debbie holloway and more articles, devotionals and current events stories on les misérables.