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Les Miserables

Image (The Jameson Rating: 75% A moving and powerful production superior to the latest adaption. One of the few roles I’ve seen Liam Neeson in where he performs as a mighty actor.) This week myself and two other classmates had to make a seminar presentation on one of the many views on human nature. The view that we chose, or rather, was one of the few remaining by the time we got to choose, was the Traditional Western Religious View. We learned very quickly that the whole presentation could not just be done overnight, like I’m sure many of the other presentations will be, as it covers a very broad range. At the same time though, the topic was very difficult to grasp an understanding of. Human nature as a whole is seen by the traditionalists of this view as rational, purposeful, and independent. Humankind is capable of holding a relationship with a greater being, God, to understand love and compassion. By having a relationship with God, humans can learn many lessons about the difference between what is right and wrong. One of the greatest lessons that God teaches us is that it is only natural that we all make mistakes, it we can still be forgiven for them. In the 1998 adaption of Victor Hugo’s novel, “Les Misérables”, one of the characters learns the same lesson from a priest. Jean Valjean is a refugee in the times of revolutionary France, and is desperate for money. While sleeping on the streets, nuns point him in the direction of a local priest’s home. There Jean is welcomed with open arms, given a dinner, and a place to rest. Despite these lovely gifts, Jean Valejean awakes in the middle of the night, steals silverware of the priest, and takes off into the night. The next day officers bring Jean back to the priest’s home with the silverware, and he lied claiming that the priest gave them to him. The priest defends his story, despite it being a lie, and adds that he forgot the silver candlesticks. The priest then tells Jean in private that he has to promise to be a better man. It is such powerful examples of human support that connect to God’s lesson that is seen in the Traditional Western Religious View.  

One response to “Les Miserables

  1. james of the moon ⋅

    75%!? Are you out of your mind!? What kind of blog are you running here? And to think that I supported you! And I will have you know that Liam Neeson has acted in a number of inspiring movies.

    I will still follow you though because you have good material and I have nothing better to do. Keep up the good work!

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