Lesson 1 (from Part I - Fantine)
Les Miserables is a novel by French author Victor Hugo. First published in 1862, the novel paints a vivid picture of Paris's seamier side, discusses the causes and results of revolution, and includes discourses on topics ranging from the Battle of Waterloo to Parisian street slang. But the central theme that dominates the novel is that of moral redemption. In this lesson, students will research author Victor Hugo, identify and analyze the novel’s narrative point of view and setting, and discuss the character of Bishop Myriel in Book I of Part I – Fantine.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Victor Hugo and the publication of Les Miserables. For what major works is Hugo most well-known? How was Les Miserables received critically and publicly after its publication? Why were many of the critical responses to its publication negative? When did critical feeling change for the novel...
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