Main lesson in les miserables

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main lesson in les miserables

52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables by Bob Welch

Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts 52 nuggets of Bible-based wisdom from one of the most popular novels, musicals, and films of all time: Les Miserables.

In 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables, Bob Welch walks readers through Hugo’s masterpiece, extracting dozens of uniquely spiritual reflections from this enduring portrait of poverty, social injustice, mercy, and redemption. Welch reminds us that Jean Valjean’s life provides the truest example of why real love is found in the grittiest places, and that hearts are made whole beneath the crush of mercy. Most important, though, Welch keeps returning to the intersections of faith and reality throughout Hugo’s writing—those places where mercy becomes an inroad to the heart, and where love is only truly received when it is given without condition.

Discover again why life’s purpose is found not in attending to personal needs and desires, but in responding to the hearts of others.

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Reading has become a chore in our digital age. We want information broken down into Instagram feeds or at the very least characters. However, I discovered the beauty of reading. Forget skimming through the dailies or watching E! I mean relaxing on your favourite couch with a nice cup of tea while you get engrossed in the story. Les Miserables has changed my perceptions of classics. Just to bring you up to speed, the story centres on the life of Jean Valjean who is released after being incarcerated for 19 years.

She said yes and I was like oh no lol and I fell a sleep after 15 minutes in. When Jean Valjean was homeless needing someone to take him in it was the Bishop who took on that burden to cloth, house and feed him. Valjean out desperation took items of value from the Bishop and fled which would cause trust issues, bitterness and unforgiveness. But when Valjean was caught and brought back to the bishop by the police the bishop denied him taking the items even given him more than he had taken. That one-act of forgiveness changed the course of Valjeans life drawing him closer to Christ and it changed the life of Fantine, Javert and Cosette to include the people Valjean was the Mayor of during his time and it all started with the Bishop displaying the love of Christ through his forgiveness..

Hugo also makes clear that loving others, while difficult, is not always a thankless task, and he uses Valjean and Fauchelevent to show that love begets love, and compassion begets compassion.
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As the lights dimmed at the Imperial Theatre last month, I was overcome by a sense of release. For a few hours, I would settle into my seat, comfortable at the whim of French revolutionaries, bourgeoisie, and policemen. I wanted nothing more than to breathe in the music, escaping from the stressful mundaneness that surrounded me day after day for an ideal evening in May, where nothing could disturb the spectral transience of art. There was something intangibly glorious about the production, and while reviews concentrated on its brooding darkness, the public flocked to the West End to bask in its mastery. Here are just a few. I found enchantment more in the hidden parables than the explicit lessons that the writers wove.

Most people agree that stealing is wrong. But would you steal a loaf of bread to feed a starving family? Literally billions of people worldwide have been deeply affected by this great work of art. Les Miserables challenged conventional thinking by questioning the cruelty of the absolute rule of law practiced by European aristocracy and religious authorities. Up until the middle of the 19 th Century, most people probably would have answered A. Before that time religious and governmental authorities had an iron grip on power and absolute authority over their subjects. Hidebound rules of law and conduct proliferated.



  1. Pam M. says:

    Over 30 years, this musical phenomenon reached over 70 million people across the world in more than cities.

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