For the past couple of days I have been analyzing the Les Mis characters. The ones I analyzed are Jean Valjean (protagonist), Javert (antagonist), Fantine, Cosette, Marius, Eponine, the Thenardiers, Enjolras, the students, and Gavroche. These memorable characters are one of the biggest reasons why this musical is so successful. These analysis’ shows how interlocked their lives are. It shows how they directly and indirectly they affect each others lives. They all belong in Les Mis because something no good happens to every single one of them. Most of them die by the end of Les Mis and the only survivors are Marius, Cosette, and the Thenardiers.
Below I will give a few adjectives to describe the characters. If I put an arrow, it shows if their personality changes.
Jean Valjean: bitter, harsh, angry> compassionate, merciful, forgiving
Javert: obsessive, strict
Fantine: loving, heartbreaking, tragic
Cosette: broken>curious, romantic, considerate, hopeful
Marius: revolutionary, romantic, compassionate, kind
Eponine: spoiled> loving, lonely, neglected, unloved, brave, fearless
Thenardiers: abusive, greedy, selfish, cruel, unloving
Enjolras and students-passionate, brothers, Enjolras (leader)
Gavroche: brave, heroic
There is a reason why all of these characters are so loved. It is very hard to pick a favorite even though I love some more than others. As for the females, my favorite is Eponine and have no idea why. These characters are quite complex and you feel like you get to know them. They are so important and though most may die, most die not alone, but with somebody like Valjean being by Fantine’s side when she dies or Eponine dying in Marius’ arms.
What are your thoughts on the Les Mis characters