This is the project I give my students after a unit of Catholic social teaching involving empathy, solidarity, poverty, redemption, economics, etc.
Students are required to reflect and synthesize about catholic social justice and the themes of Les Miserables in 8 short answer questions. They are also required to build a character sketch like the one below of one of the main characters from the story by asking questions about their role, decisions, and motivations.
E.g. Jean Valjean: How is he a Christ figure? List some of the people he has helped and sacrificed himself for throughout the movie. Do you think he is responsible for Fantine’s situation? Why? How does his faith and initial experience with the bishop affect the decisions he makes throughout his life? Explain the last line of the movie when he says, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” How is this indicative of his life?