The theme of reform pertaining to the characters Jean Valjean and Javert in "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo.

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Victor Hugo's characters in Les Miserables reform throughout the novel. The theme of "reform" can be seen many times throughout the novel. Two main characters, Jean Valjean and Javert, both reform their lives in different ways. Jean Valjean began the story as an ex-convict who was searching for food and shelter after being in the galleys for a large portion of his life. Unfortunately, he failed to receive compassion from any lodging, or home. After …

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…of Jesus. He also is able to let go of Cosette so that she is happy, and is able to forgive a man who made his entire life very difficult. Javert also reforms his life, but he has a much sadder outcome. Javert realizes that it is not his right to determine the justice of others. Yet he cannot face the fact that his entire life was a lie, and in the end commits suicide.