I need help writing a memoir which relates to the story, one which has a parallel theme to this section of the book.Explain why this memoir is relevant. The section starts right after Jean Valjean...

I need help writing a memoir which relates to the story, one which has a parallel theme to this section of the book.

Explain why this memoir is relevant.

The section starts right after Jean Valjean buys Cosette for 1500 francs up to the point where Marius asks Eponine for Cosette's address. Or from pg. 173-299

Please share ALL ideas!! It's a major grade that's due tomorrow!

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The concept of writing a memoir based on a particular section of the book requires a level of connection and personal reflection that could not be effectively offered in this setting.  Ideas can be suggested and thoughts can be generated, but the mere nature of a memoir requires personal injection of emotions which would have to come from you.  I think that the idea of "buying" a person is something that could generate a great deal of thought.  The fact that a person could be for sale raises so many moments for introspection.  One of the flaws with capitalism is the idea that everything has a price, everything (even people) can be made into a commodity and this might be a statement about wealth that Hugo is making here.  Even though Valjean essentially does a good deed in buying Cosette to raise her, a memoir could be composed from the point of view of someone being bought (or more provocatively, the person buying another) regarding the entire notion of "flesh trafficking."  This is a problem in so many parts of the world today and Hugo might have been trying to raise awareness of an earlier form of it in his work.

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