I need to prepare debate arguments for : BIRT Javert’s suicide vindicates the centrality of Christianity in Les Miserables.  I need arguments "in favor of" and "against" as I do not know which...

need to prepare debate arguments for : BIRT Javert’s suicide vindicates the centrality of Christianity in Les Miserables.  

I need arguments "in favor of" and "against" as I do not know which side I will be on. Does anyone have any ideas?

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Javert's suicide reminds one of Judas' suicide in the Bible. Judas betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver, and his guilt over this betrayal led him to suicide. Javert's vengeful search for Valjean throughout the novel is the antithesis of Christianity, so when he kills himself, this could be said to vindicate the centrality of Christianity because Valjean triumphs because he repents and is forgiven but Javert dies because he does not repent.

When the bishop shows forgiveness towards Valjean in the beginning of the novel, we have a Christian parallel to Christ forgiving us for our sins. Redemption is a major part of Christianity as well as the novel Les Miserables. At this point in the novel, Valjean does not deserve to be forgiven, because he HAS stolen. But this is what Christianity is about. No one deserves to be forgiven, but that is what God does. "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." This is what grace is all about and the bishop shows this grace to Valjean who takes a lifetime to realize it.

This is an example of the "for" debate. Hopefully someone else can provide the "against" - which I think would be harder (because I would lean towards the "for" side).