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Another example of Redemption would be Jean Valjean when he is imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread for his family, Due to this and other decisions made by Jean Valjean he had to be in prison for nineteen years. During the 1800s, police controlled all bread productions (When Food Changed History: The French Revolution). This shows the value of bread at the time and can be assumed what the punishment of bread theft would be. Here it shows Jean Valjean showing love for his family by sacrificing his freedom for a loaf of bread that his family needs in order to not be starving. Jean Valjean got himself in prison because he was expressing how much his family means to him and how far he will go to keep them maintained with necessities. His actions show how far someone can go because of love. When Jean Valjean is finally released, he has a big mark for what he did on his head that makes everyone not help him with his needs because no one wanted to help a former criminal. To add on to that Javert who is an officer believes the same way as the townspeople and is always keeping an eye out for Jean Valjean. Which shows the injustice of law at the time and how bad it was during those times. But Bishop Myriel saw a chance at redemption for Jean Valjean, and he decided to guide him to that path of restitution. When Jean Valjean steals silverware from Bishop Myriel and is caught, Bishop Myriel does not tell the truth to Javert and gives Jean Valjean the silver candlesticks that he forgot he left behind. The candlesticks will represent the opportunity of redemption that is given to Jean Valjean after all his time he served in prison. As soon as he leaves it was almost like he did not learn his lesson and continued his life of crime. Jean Valjean stole a coin from Petit Gervais and that’s when his life changing moment started to take place in his life.  ” “Petit Gervais!” “Petit Gervais!” “Petit Gervais!” His cries died away into the mist, without even awaking an echo again he murmured: “Petit Gervais!” but with a feeble, and almost inarticulate voice. That was his last effort; his knees suddenly bent under him, as if an invisible power suddenly overwhelmed him with the weight of his bad conscience; he fell exhausted upon a great stone, his hands clenched in his hair and face on his knees, and exclaimed, “What a wretch I am!” ” (38) is when Jean Valjean sees his errors with his life and starts to make a change with himself. This is the first time Jean Valjean really commits to what he says that he will do which is to give up his ways of being like a criminal. After doing this Jean Valjean changes his name to Monsieur Madeleine and starts his manufacturing factory and when he impresses the king he becomes the mayor of Montreuil. With this power Monsieur Madeleine helps out the people of his town and one of those people turns out to be Fantine. When Fantine is arrested for attacking a man, Monsieur Madeleine decides to help her and her daughter Cosette. Monsieur Madeleine is proving that he is no longer a criminal. Although Jean Valjean can’t prove how he has changed to his family but he can show it to the people of  Montreuil.