Families• What are examples of the fragility offamilies in the story?• What do you think Hugo would saycauses families to break up?
Money• What attitudestowards wealthpoverty andmoney do we seein the film?• Make a mind map.
Mercy• Did Jean Valjean dowrong by stealing thesilver from the bishop?Do you blame him fordoing it?If you dont blame himfor stealing the silver,where do you draw theline between crimewhich should bepunished and crime thatcan be excused?
Women• How are Fantine, Cosette and Eponinedifferent?• What do these three women have incommon?
Law• How would youdescribe Javert?• What is Javert’smain problem?• Clearly Javert lovesthe law, and that’snot bad, however, inthis story it is. Howcan that be?
Love• Victor Hugo states, “The power of a look hasbeen so much abused in love stories, that it hascome to be disbelieved. Few people dare now tosay that two people have fallen in love becausethey have looked at each other. Yet it is in thisway that love begins, and in this way only.”Do you agree or disagree with this idea?