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KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS
France in the 1800's during the period of the Restoration. The major action is in Paris, but some episodes take place in neighboring towns.
LIST OF CHARACTERS
The ex-convict who had been imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. Primary protagonist.
The benevolent priest of the first book whose generosity and self sacrifice changes Valjean.
The child of Fantine whom Valjean raises as his granddaughter.
The inspector of police who’s lifelong ambition is to put Valjean back behind bars.
College student and idealist who falls in love with Cosette.
Grandfather of Marius. Representative of the old bourgeois
The paragon of evil both in character and in representation of other negative forces.
Cosette’s mother. Has Cosette during a relationship with a college student who leaves her without marrying her or providing for the child. Fantine is forced to leave Cosette with someone who will supposedly take care of her while Fantine works for her support.
An old gardener whom Valjean rescues when a cart falls on him. Later helps provide a place of refuge for Valjean and Cosette.
Daughter to Thenardier.
College student-primary leader of the insurrection. His mistress is France
Son of Thenardier.
Felix Tholomyes, Listolier, Fameuil, Blacheville
Another convict who is captured and believed to be Valjean.
Sister Simplice, Sister Perpetue
The nuns who take care of Fantine.
Colonel George Pontmercy