Article: Les Misérables (1958)

Les Misérables

Les Misérables is a novel by Victor Hugo that focuses on the life of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict struggling to redeem himself. It examines the nature of good and evil, delving into French history, politics, moral philosophy, law, and the nature of love. Published in 1862, the novel helped make Hugo the most successful writer of his day. Now, more than 150 years later, the book and its many adaptations continue to resonate with the public. What did critics first think of it? More… Discuss

Arrested for a petty crime, Jean Valjean spends 20 years in prison. After his release, he is still pursued by Inspector Javert. An adaptation of the French historical novel by Victor Hugo which was first published in 1862 and is considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. Public domain film.

NOTE TO TEACHERS: There are several lesson guides and lesson plans for this film that are available for free on the Internet. Three of these are made available by eNotes, Learning to Give… , and Teacher Vision…

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