Javert was a police chief. Do you think he was doing a good job?
Valjean had become a pretty good person after he broke parole.
Should Javert just leave him alone? Why wouldn't Javert do that?
- Javert could only look at law, and the law says to punish the criminal. The law doesn't give provisions for mercy.
Twice Valjean asked Javert for some time for him to finish his job of
helping people (Fontine and Marius). Why wouldn't Javert allow that?
Was that Javert's job to be nice to people?
- Javert was too focused on his job of upholding law.
When Javert was let go by Valjean, he said he still would pursue him
no matter what. Why?
- While Valjean may have mercy on Javert, it is a personal matter between Javert and Valjean. Javert was still thinking about doing his job as police.
Why did Javert let Valjean go the last time when he was helping Marius?
- Javert felt that he had to repay his debt this way
- Javert felt merciful for once
Why did Javert commit suicide?
- He realized that he could not fulfill his ideals of upholding the law. His whole life was spent on keeping the law and now he had to break one, and he couldn't stand that fact.
What does this tell us about the law and living a perfect life according to the law? If we try to live such a life, would life really be good? Would there be mercy? Would everyone end up being in jail sooner or later?
God is perfectly righteous. Could God end up like Javert?
Would any of us ever make it to heaven if God is like Javert?
Last updated: 6/24/2000