The Bishop in Les Mis plays a huge part in the journey of Jean Valjean. Without him, this musical would not be what it is today. When Valjean was released from prison, the Bishop was the only one who showed Valjean any kindness. He welcomed Valjean into his house and provided him with food and a bed. But despite the Bishop’s kindness, Valjean woke up in the middle of the night and stole the Bishop’s silver. Valjean was caught by the police and was sent back to the police. The Bishop covered up for Valjean and told the police that he gave Valjean the silver. Valjean was surprised by that the Bishop lied.
The Bishop was able to forgive Valjean. He was able to teach Valjean the ways of the Lord. The Bishop showed Valjean compassion. The Bishop told Valjean to use the silver to become an honest man. On top of the silver, the Bishop gave Valjean two candlesticks. These candlesticks would serve as a representation of the Bishop. It would allow Valjean to live by the words of the Bishop. Right after the Bishops’ act of kindness, Valjean realized that he was capable of changing despite how society was treating him. He realized he would not get very far in life if he kept on acting like a man full of hate. Without the Bishop, Valjean would never have been able to change.
In fact, the whole Bishop scene is the first time that spirituality enters the musical. This show may be a tragedy, but it does have an inspirational side to it. Because the Bishop scene enters early on, it gives us a hint that there is going to be spirituality for the show. These scene talks about compassion, forgiveness, and redemption. Some of the show’s central themes are shown throughout this scene. So never think the Bishop has no importance to the storyline.