‘Les Miserables’ essays from
John Cornet’s Western Philosophy class
Jean Valjean – A Les Miserables Character Evaluation by John Cornet
Written by a teacher, this paper discusses whether or not Jean Valjean truly works as a redemptive figure, as is commonly accepted, or if there were more complex dynamics governing his actions.
It is followed by several questions which are designed to encourage further discourse on this and related topics.
Eponine – A Les Miserables Character Evaluation by John Cornet
Written by a teacher, this paper explores the degree to which Eponine was (or was not) able to transcend beyond the Thenardier surname and all which it represents.
It is followed by several questions which are designed to encourage further discussion on this and related topics.
Essay topics for "Les Miserables" (the text)
These are essay topics which are intended to accompany the text of Les Miserables.
Essays based on the text of "Les Miserables":
"Manifestations of evil" by Meghan, May 2011
"A social critique" by Anya, May 2011
"Les Miserables" by Kim, May 2011
"Social Responsibility v. Irresponsibility" by Sophie, November 2012
"Machiavellian and Hobbesian Parallels to Javert" by Sophie, December 2012
"Les Miserables" by Zoey, January 2013
"One Long, Last Conversation: An Exploration of the Old Hermit" by Robin, January 2013
Essay topics for "Les Miserables" (1998 film)
These are essay topics which are designed to accompany the 1998 film of Les Miserables, with Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes. These are intended to allow the student to bring a survey of philosophical interpretations to the material. (Please realize that some of the content may not be consistent with the book due to the essay being predicated upon the film).
Samples of student work based on the 1998 film:
“Les Miserables” by Steven, May 2003
“Les Miserables” by Bri, May 2004
“The Philosophies of Les Miserables” by Kristen, May 2004
“Les Miserables” by Lauren, May 2004
“Les Miserables” by Souha, April 2007