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Sara asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

The History of Les Miserables? Please Help!?

I have some history questions from Les Mis! Please help!!

The story opens in 1815 France - who is the king that is referenced at the beginning?

Cite two scenes of political liberalism and two scenes of political conservatism from the film.

Why does Javert pursue Valjean to such a degree? What does Javert hold as sacred?

Why does the revolution fail toward the end?

Both Jean Valjean and Javert are similar in that they have been given something in the story. What have they been given?

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  • 7 years ago
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    The story of Les Miz begins in 1815, more than two decades after the start of the French Revolution. According to The DK History of the World, the revolution began in 1789; it was "a deep-rooted revolt by many classes against the whole order of society." The impoverished were infuriated by their economic hardships, food shortages, and the callous attitudes upper class. (Who could forget Marie Antionette's infamous line about the public's lack of bread: "Let them eat cake"?) However, the lower classes were not the only angry voices. The middle class, inspired by progressive ideologies and America's newly won freedom, demanded reform.

    More information below.

    http://plays.about.com/od/musicals/a/Les-Miserable...

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  • 7 years ago

    The story opens in 1815 France - who is the king that is referenced at the beginning?

    - This is right after the fall of Napoleon; the king is Louis XVIII.

    Cite two scenes of political liberalism and two scenes of political conservatism from the film.

    - This sounds like a homework question - do your own homework.

    Why does Javert pursue Valjean to such a degree? What does Javert hold as sacred?

    - Did you even watch the movie/read the book/see the musical? Javert pursues Valjean because he is an escaped convict, and Javert is of the opinion that criminals must be caught. He dislikes Valjean because he's evaded Javert's capture multiple times. Javert holds the law and religion sacred.

    Why does the revolution fail toward the end?

    - Because everyone dies... Basically the barricades either surrendered, or everyone died.

    Both Jean Valjean and Javert are similar in that they have been given something in the story. What have they been given?

    - Again, homework question!

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  • 7 years ago

    If the story begins in 1815 this is after the French Revolution and even after the War of 1812. Thus there is no - just in time for the monarchy to be restored following the demise of Napoleon.

    The king put on the throne in this year was Louis XVIII.

    The other portions of your question do not relate to history but to Les Miserables as a piece of literature/fiction.

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  • 7 years ago

    3. Javert thinks that Valjean cannot change, and deserves to be a convict forever. He holds the Lord and the law sacred.

    4. The schoolboy's barricade falls.

    Source(s): I don't know if I got them right.
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