Tommy asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

Why is there always a misconception about Les Miserables (i.e. the era)?

I've always heard people say it took place during THE FRENCH REVOLUTION! *horrified gasp* THAT IS NOT when it took place, people! It was THE JUNE REBELLION, which is a STUDENT uprising--it wasn't a NATIONAL thing!

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  • 9 years ago
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    It's only a misconception because people don't bother to pay attention and learn the premise to the story. Also, the June Rebellion was one of the last big pushes of the July Revolution of 1830. So, people see "revolution" and then associate it with the big Revolution of 1789-1799 (which isn't entirely erroneous, they are related and not completely independent of each other), so it's easy to see why the confusion occurs.

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  • 9 years ago

    The book covers several years,1815 to 1832 - after all,Cosette goes from a small girl to a young woman,so the book is mostly set in the 1820s.

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