Les Misérables Questions and Answers
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What does Les Miserables say about parental love? 

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This complex novel has a number of different things to say about parental love. Parental love is used to both show the redemptive power of the action of loving and also the moral injustice of society. Consider the character of Valjean, who achieves his moral regeneration through loving Cosette as his daughter. He is a character who lives his life based on the following moral maxim:

To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing...

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