Summary of “Les Miserables 2012” in a law point of view

Summary of “Les Miserables 2012” in a law point of view
Different movies address different themes aimed at informing, educating and entertaining the audiences. Furthermore, movies exemplify different aspects that are manifest in society such as love, law and justice among many other plots. This paper summarizes the movie “Les Miserables 2012” from the perspective of law.
Various instances in the movie exemplify different aspects pertaining to law. The protagonist in the movie, Jan Valjean, and other characters such as Marius, Thenardiers and Fantine are used to demonstrate the instances of law, ranging from breaking the law, evading the law and efforts to ensure that law is provided. Valjean is jailed and serves a prison sentence for nineteen years after he stole a loaf of bread, and as well from subsequent attempts to escape from the prison. Stealing is an offense and this leads to his arrest. The attempt to escape from the prison is a breach of the law and this increases his stay in the prison.
On his release, Valjean seems not to have transformed as he steals silverware belonging to Myriel and bishop serving Digne (Hyslop 24). For this offense, the authority arrests Valjean but the bishop comes to his rescue by claiming that he gave him the silverware as a gift. This is the second instance that Valjean faces the law. He further masks his identity by calling himself Madeleiene after shifting to the town of Motreuil-sur-mer. At the new town, he sets up a manufacturing process company. The act of concealing identity is in itself a criminal act that is punishable under the law. The motives for hiding his identity are to conceal his past records and to project himself in positive limelight. However, Javert, an investigator, arrests him after his identity is known and sends him to prison.
Employment laws also restrict employment of people with illegitimate children. Fantine takes her children to Thenardiers for her to get a job. She finally gets a job but after she is recognized that she has an illegitimate child, her job is terminated. Prostitution is also illegitimate. Fantine decided to venture into prostitution after the job loss, an act that gets her into prison. Valjean again escapes from the prison and escapes to Montfermeil and he buys/adopts Cosette –Fantine child from the Thenardiers (Les Miserables 2012 para. 2). This is also an instance of law, as there are measures required to be abided when adopting a child. Valjean and Cosette are again forced to go into hiding after Javert discovers Valjean. They end up in a convert.
The association of Marius Pontmercy a young man living with his grandfather with the radical student friends of ABC is also a criminal act. Marius joins the radical group that targeted political uprising and he is involved in criminal activities as he has a pistol (Behr 152). He survives after the army attacks the students to destabilize the student’s uprising. The army intervention is aimed to restore order and to ensure that law is respected. The arrest of the Thenardiers by Javert after their plans to steal from Valjean on their second meeting in Paris is also an illustration of the law breaking. Stealing is an offence and is punishable by the law.
Therefore, the movie has extensively deliberated on the aspect of law. Various instances and events depict contravention of laws. The culprits such as Valjean and Thenardiers are taken to prison as the punishment of their acts of breaching the laws. Others such as Marius escape death narrowly after an army attack for involvement in criminal activities. Therefore, it is an interesting movie demonstrating different instances of breach of law and the consequences.
Works Cited
Behr, Edward. ‘The Complete Book of Les Misérables.’ NY: Arcade. (1989): 152–3. Print
Hyslop, Lois Bee . “Baudelaire on Les Misérables”. The French Review 41.1 (1976): 23–9. Print.
Les Miserables 2012. Web April 25, 2014.