Javert was a man who dedicated his life towards the law. He enforced the law wherever he went. Javert was a man who didn't believe in second chances. He thought that once someone made a mistake, they could never change. Javert was a man who was chasing Jean Valjean for many years. He wasn't going to give up until her found Jean. Javert went to the barricade as a spy for the authorities. Nobody noticed, but once Gavroche spotted Javert, he automatically knew that he was a spy. Javert was tied up and taken under control. Once Jean Valjean arrived at the barricade, Jean noticed Javert and Javert noticed Jean. They had socialized before, for when Jean Valjean was in jail, Javert was the officer who always kept an eye on him. Jean told the men at the barricade, that he would want to kill Javert personally. Once Jean Valjean took Javert to where he should have killed him, Jean Valjean let him go. Jean Valjean was a changed man, and couldn't bare to kill him. After Javert got away, that wasn't the last between Javert and Jean Valjean. After the battle at the barricade was over, Javert again located Jean Valjean, and told Jean that he would be arrested. As I stated before, Javert was dedicated to his job, and didn't believe in giving people second chances. But this time even though he had been chasing Jean Valjean for several years, he also decided to let Jean Valjean go. This was to much for Javert to take in, so he took his own life. He couldn't believe that he had showed all his life, that law was the most important thing to him, but yet he let a ex-fugitive free.
The Evolution of Javert
At the beginning of the book, Javert didn't care about anything that didn't pertain to the law. The way he thought was that nobody deserved second chances. Throughout the book, I believe that Javert stayed the same. Even thought that at the end of the book, Javert let Jean Valjean go, I still don't believe Javert changed. In my opinion, Javert was overwhelmed with the situation, and his reaction was to let him go. The way I knew that Javert didn't change, was the fact that he took his own life. He still believed that giving Jean Valjean a second chance, wasn't the right thing to do. Javert couldn't live with his conscience which is why he decided to end his life. Because of this, Javert is a static character.
Type of Character
I believe that the overall theme that Javert displayed was justice. Javert showed throughout the book, that all criminals, are criminals no matter who they are. He states that he would even arrest his parents if he had to. Javert never gave people second chances, because he thought that once a person made a mistake, they were going to be that way forever. He chased Jean Valjean for several years, but he could never catch him. Once he finally had him, he let him go, because previously Jean Valjean had spared his life. After this, Javert took his own life. This was because he couldn't stand that he hadn't been true to what he had lived by his entire life. He let a criminal go, and this was something that he would have never tought he would have done.
Javert's main motivation was enforcing the law. Javert lived to be an officer, and he would do anything for the law to be enforced. Javert stated that he would arrest anyone, it didn't matter if that person was related to him. This shows that the law was Javert's passion, and Javert couldn't live knowing he wasn't helping to keep the law in order.