Victor Hugo, full name (Victor-Marie- Hugo) Born in on February 26th, 1802 and died on May 22nd, 1885 in Paris. He is a dramatist, poet, and novelist. Victor Hugo is known to be the most notable French Romantic writers. His famous novels are Les Misérables (1862) and Notre-Dame de Paris (1831)
The Life Of Victor Hugo
Victor was the third child of his parents. His father worked in the army, which led to an absence in the father figure during childhood. His parents later separated, and his mother raised him, and many of his early works reflected her faith and political views. As the years went by, he later abandoned his mother teachings and fell in a woman that she didn’t approve of. He waited until the death of his mother then got married.
Les Miserables 1862
This masterpiece was written in French by Victor Hugo but was translated into many different languages. Les Miserables is translated into “the miserable ones. There are many inspiring and heartbreaking things we can learn from this novel:
Definition of a Mother’s Love
The character (Fatine) sends her daughter off for a better future. While she worked endless hours in a factory doing heavy labor to financially support her daughter from a far distance. The mother sold her jewelry, hair, and body to earn enough money for medicine when her daughter became sick. Victor Hugo portrays this character as a way of showing that a mother’s love is eternal and endless. This character also shows the difficult part of being a single mom. Similar to his own story of being raised by his mother. He said the following quote, “
Children can change your life for the better
Jean Valjean life turns around when he took innocent Cosette under his care. Victor Hugo had four children, and he experiences the joy of fatherhood for himself.
Dreams don’t always come true
This is the harsh reality of life. Fantine child was sent away, her lover did not stay, and she was forced to sell her body to survive. While dreams can be a high motivation, obstacles can get in the way. And, plans will alternate. But, in the end, life will lead you in the right direction.
Men also have emotions
While society places a label on men as “being weak” for crying and displaying emotions, Victor encourages it in his novel, Les Miserables. The character Marius presented his soft side by crying over deaths.
One small event or decision can change your life forever
Jean Valjean stole a loaf of bread to feed his family and was thrown in prison for 19 years. While not relevant today but one small action or decision can really change our lives. This could be taking chances with investing, accidentally sending a confidential email to someone, being in the wrong relationship, studying the wrong subject in school, being trapped in your career, etc.
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