first of all, i need feedback from someone who has good knowledge of the classic book les miserables?

i have to write an essay for extra credit because i have a c in the class. the essay has to be one of character analysis and i picked the most obvious one Jean Valjean. i need help writing it and overall on how to approach the book. I need help with paragraph structure and when you should use certain examples and details without ruining what you're trying to say. it's tough to put in words. I actually wrote thte introductory paragraph and it goes:

Though initally Jean Valjean realizes society may not accept him for who he really he is, eventually his hope and determination mostly withstand his external conflicts. Society can be harsh, but its also (in Jean Valjean's case) an indicator of what's right and wrong. When Jean Valjean was depicted as a criminal and as unhuman, he absorbed all this negativity and showed he could be much more than what his destiny had allowed him to be, because of the fact that he changed and became somewhat of a positive influence upon those who were once like him and even those who weren't. Therefore, my analysis will be on Jean Valjean's various reactions to negative influence from society, and also his positive feedback from who were once his internal antagonists (society).

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    Les Misérables (pronounced: /le miːzeʁabl(ə); translated variously from French as The Miserable Ones, The Wretched, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, The Victims) (1862) is a novel by French author Victor Hugo, and among the best-known novels of the 19th century. It has been described as one of the greatest novels ever written in any language.[citation needed] It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a twenty-year period in the early 19th century, starting in the year of Napoleon's final defeat. The novel principally focuses on the struggles of the main character, ex-convict Jean Valjean, as he seeks to redeem himself from his past mistakes. It also provides social commentary by examining the impact of Valjean's actions: and it examines the nature of good, evil, and the law, in a sweeping story that expounds upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. Les Misérables is known to many through its numerous stage and screen adaptations, of which the most famous is the stage musical of the same name, sometimes abbreviated "Les Mis" or "Les Miz" (pronounced /leɪ ˈmɪz/). The story may be considered historical fiction because it contains factual, historic events, including the Paris Uprising of 1832 (often mistaken for the much earlier French Revolution).

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