Representations and Realities of the Lower Classes

Working Class Women
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Everyday Life
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 Victor Hugo's Fantine

 The France portrayed in Victor Hugo's les Miserables gives us an unforgettable example of a lower class working woman in the character of Fantine. But is Fantine's life an accurate representation of the life of a working woman?


in a factory


found by a stranger

no relatives

 Visual Representaions of Fantine
    Bourg =
100 pixels x
75 pixels
Dangerous Paris Proper Lady