An Honest Man: Jean Valjean and the Monetization of Souls

After watching Les Miserablés in theaters and listening to the Broadway soundtrack obsessively, I’ve been thinking a lot about Jean Valjean’s character transformation.  After the bishop lies on Valjean’s behalf, gives him the church’s silver, and “buys his soul for God”, Valjean transforms his life: he becomes a mayor, does good deeds, and prays a … Continue reading An Honest Man: Jean Valjean and the Monetization of Souls