How Society Effects Human Nature (examples from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables)

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How Society Affects Human Nature In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo portrays human nature in a neutral state. Humans are born with neither good nor bad instincts, but rather society affects our actions and thoughts. Hugo portrays the neutral state of mind through Jean Valjean and Cosette. The two extremes of good and evil are represented through Thénardier and the bishop. Good and evil coexists in the society and affects Valjean and Cosette. It is …

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…beautiful and educated. She also grew to love a man by the name of Marius. Victor Hugo shows that good and evil coexists. Through the use of symbolism, he portrays the two extremes using Thénardier and the bishop. Through the use of these characters, he shows how society dictates the actions and thoughts of man. Man is born neither good nor evil. It is society which causes man to either be good or evil.