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Free Study Guide-Les Miserables by Victor Hugo-Free Book Notes Summary
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KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS

SETTING

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

Major Characters

Jean Valjean

The ex-convict who had been imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. Primary protagonist.

Monsiegneur Bienvenu

The benevolent priest of the first book whose generosity and self sacrifice changes Valjean.

Cosette

The child of Fantine whom Valjean raises as his granddaughter.

Javert

The inspector of police who’s lifelong ambition is to put Valjean back behind bars.

Marius

College student and idealist who falls in love with Cosette.

M. Gillenormand

Grandfather of Marius. Representative of the old bourgeois


Thenardier

The paragon of evil both in character and in representation of other negative forces.

Minor Characters

Fantine

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.

M. Fauchelevant

An old gardener whom Valjean rescues when a cart falls on him. Later helps provide a place of refuge for Valjean and Cosette.

Eponine

Daughter to Thenardier.

Enjolras

College student-primary leader of the insurrection. His mistress is France

Gavroche

Son of Thenardier.

Felix Tholomyes, Listolier, Fameuil, Blacheville

Students

Champmathieu

Another convict who is captured and believed to be Valjean.

Sister Simplice, Sister Perpetue

The nuns who take care of Fantine.

Colonel George Pontmercy

Marius’ father.

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