One of the best sub-plots of Les Mis is the uprising.
Enjolras is the leader of the students. He is the most passionate about the cause. He is a natural leader and is the most hopeful, which makes his death on the barricades the most heartbreaking out of all the students the most heartbreaking.
About all the students, they have this brotherly love for each other and are basically this one family. They are standing up against a weak government and are passionate no matter what. Prior to the uprising, they try to rally up support on the streets. They show their passion so strongly. They are wanted several times to just give up if they want to live, but that doesn’t stop them. It is amazing just how passionate they are. I love how they take in Gavroche. Even when they know they are going to lose and die, they still stand up and fight. All of them, except for Marius, lose their lives at the barricade, but at least they die standing up for what they believe in.
Davey is a character I barely know. I will try my best to analyze him.
Davey is basically the Newsies I would like to call the “new” Newsie. He is the only one of the Newsies who actually has a family. He arrives to the newsstand with his little brother, Les. He became a Newsie because his father got injured during his job and was laid off because of it. Davey started off as shy, but as time goes by, he interacts more and more with the Newsies.
. Whenever Jack doesn’t know what to say during the strike, Davey does the talking. While Jack is the leader, I feel like Davey is second in command. Davey helps Jack deal with the inner conflict he is going through in act II at times. While Jack began the strike, Davey was the one who came up with the rally.
Just like Mimi and Roger, I barely know Mark.
I feel like it is very hard to get know all the Rent character. Mark is the overall narrator of Rent. He is also a filmmaker and Roger’s roommate and his best friend. He recently was Maureen’s boyfriend, but Maureen has left him for Joanne. Mark keeps on encouraging Roger to leave the apartment, but Roger always refuses. Marks seems to videotape everything instead of being part of the action himself. He is one of the character who doesn’t have HIV. He is lonely in the fact that he is one of the few who is not in a relationship. I still wish I knew Mark a bit better, but for whatever reason the Rent characters are very hard to get to know.
I love Young Cosette in Les Mis. She may be horribly abused, but yet she is so strong and hopeful. She has this incredible hope that she will be rescued. She is treated as a servant by the Thenardiers. She gets through the day by imaging a fantasy world. Soon enough, she gets rescued by Jean Valjean. Young Cosette has this incredible spirit and I love that about her.
Gaston is not only the antagonist of Beauty and the Beast, but also a villain.
He spends the entire musical trying to find ways to marry Belle. He just wants to marry Belle because she is the prettiest girl in town. He can be quite funny at times. When Belle proves that the Beast is real, Gaston wants to kill the Beast and makes the citizens believe that the Beast is real and he only does that because he can tell that Belle loves the Beast and that is one of his ways to get Belle to marry him. He nearly almost killed Beast in the end, but Gaston in the end does die by falling off the castle. So the musical if you think about it is a love triangle between Belle, Beast, and Gaston: it can be hard to be hard to pick up a lot of the time. Gaston is a funny villain. Gaston is the real beast in Beauty and the Beast.
I will do the best I can to analyze Mimi. I just feel like I barely know her. I already analyzed Roger, but Roger and Mimi are my favorite couple in Rent despite how flawed that couple is.
Mimi is a drug-addict and is HIV-Positive. You first meet her when she comes into Roger’s apartment wanting someone to light her candle. These two are neighbors. The two are automatically attracted to her. Mimi wants to enter into a relationship with Roger and all throughout act I, she keeps on trying even if Roger keeps on pushing her away. There is something sweet about Mimi. She is always trying to live in the moment. She works as a dancer at a club. She is very vulnerable, which is especially shown throughout act II. Even though she is a drug addict, there is more to her than that. She nearly died at the end, but at least she lived. I wish I knew Mimi a bit better, but I don’t.
One thing I am surprised I never mentioned on this blog is a list of my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. They are one of my favorite composer/lyricst teams. They wrote some of my favorite musicals.
- Do Re Mi
- Sound of Music
- My Favorite Things
- Something Good
- Some Enchanted Evening
- There is Nothing Like a Dame
- This Nearly Was Mine
- Younger Than Springtime
- Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’
- Shall We Dance
Sound of Music is my favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical followed closing by South Pacific.