Jean Valjean

Stealing from a man that has help Vallejo, shows that Vallejo isn’t a thankful and grateful character at the beginning of his long development. After skipping over ten years into Baleen’s future, he is a wealthy mayor and factory owner.

As the story advances into the future, Vallejo makes several choices that are breathtaking. For example, after the inspector has suspicions about the actual Vallejo, he reports that the French have found who they thought was Jean Vallejo. Instead of letting the hopeless and dim-minded man who was accused to be Vallejo take the blame, Vallejo steps in to prove that he is the one that they want. This is showing that Vallejo is respecting the ninth commandment, “Thou shall not bear false witness. In respecting this commandment, Vallejo s in a right relationship with God, according to natural law. A scripture passage that explains this states, “Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked” (Exodus 23:1-2, 6-8). This is very similar to the situation Vallejo faces in that it talks of not killing the innocent, like how the accused prisoner was the innocent and did not deserve to be accused for another person.

Another challenge Vallejo faces is when he is given the option to kill his pursuer without any witnesses, UT chooses to let him free. This displays how Vallejo puts aside what his pursuer has made him go through to put him back in jail. This can be categorized under Kohlrabi’s fifth stage of development in that Vallejo knows that letting the inspector live is the right thing to do and therefore does not kill him. Also, if he were to kill him, he would not only violate the sixth commandment, but also commit a mortal sin.

In committing a mortal sin, Vallejo will suffer a complete separation from God and also mangle the irate of charity, an activity that Vallejo is very active in. Vallejo changes constantly throughout the story for the better. He becomes more charitable by working the soup kitchen, indicating level three happiness. Also, by saving the inspector’s life, he is expressing temperance and prudence, two of the cardinal virtues, because he chooses to not kill him and live free but to do the right thing, which takes self-control in a time like this.

It is apparent that the good of others is always Baleen’s first priority. For example, when he witnessed the beating of a prostitute, he went the extra mile to make sure she was taken care of and that her daughter would be safe. Situations like these indicate that Vallejo has a well-formed conscience because he is doing what is right, like God would want. “Conscience is the voice of God resounding in the human heart, revealing the truth to us and calling us to do what is good while shunning what is 17). Vallejo expresses all four of the cardinal virtues at least once.

Prudence when he saved the prostitute, justice when he promises to the prostitute to keep her daughter safe, fortitude when jumping onto rooftops with Cossets, and temperance when he does not kill the inspector. When the inspector dies, we see that Vallejo walks away with a smile because he knows he is now free. If he were to kill the inspector, Vallejo would not have felt the same way because he would violate grave religious teachings such as the sixth commandment and the cardinal virtue of prudence. Without living his life under religious teachings, Baleen’s outcome would be the opposite of that which he abided them.