Ranking Characters who Deal with Unrequited Love

For this post, I am going to take a small break from favorite couples. This time I will be grading characters based upon unrequited love situations. These unrequited love situations come from Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, and Wicked. Criteria has to do with response, acceptance and their unrequited love song if they have one.

Major and Minor Spoilers:

Phantom- F

Acceptance: He never accepts the unrequited love at all, which is part of why he gets that F.

Response: He deals with it in both anger and revenge. He does not show true love towards Christine. After realizing that both Christine and Raoul love each other, he seeks revenge. He plans to kill Raoul so his response is very poor. In the end, he makes Christine choose between staying with him or killing Raoul. But does let Christine and Raoul go, but letting them leave does not excuse the rest of actions when he responds to unrequited love. So due with how extreme he poorly deals with unrequited love gives him a F.

Unrequited Love Song: All I Ask of You (reprise). Yes, you can feel bad for the Phantom in this song, but not enough to get him higher than a F ranking.

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Nessa- D

Acceptance: does not accept it either

Response: her response is a bit better than Phantom’s, but is still poor. She falls in love with Boq during “Dancing Through Life”, but doesn’t realize Boq’s feelings for Glinda. So it isn’t until act II when she figures that out. Responds by imprisoning all the Munchkins so Boq is not allowed to leave. But right after realizing his feelings for Glinda, she tries to use the Grimmarie to cast a spell on him to get to him to stay, but things go wrong. That scene happens when Elphaba is there. Her spell caused his heart to shrink so all Elphaba could do is turn him into tin. Her response is poor, but more on a D level.

Unrequited Love Song: doesn’t have one

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Boq- B

Acceptance: yes, he accepts that Glinda doesn’t love him

Response: the problem is it is hard to know how he responds. He appears to stay faithful towards Glinda. For whatever reason it is harder to tell how he responds compared to Nessa. But he responds in a better way. He just gets a B due to it being hard to figure out how he responds in the first place.

Unrequited Love Song: doesn’t have one

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Glinda- A-

Acceptance: yes she does, but unexpected

Response: she responds by not stealing him back. I don’t blame her since Elphaba is her best friend. That goes to show how far Elphaba and Glinda will go to keep friendship alive. Yes, she originally responds by telling the Wizard and others that to arrest Elphaba the best way is to use Elphaba’s sister, but to me that is not a factor into how she responds. She still doesn’t steal Fiyero away from Elphaba.

Unrequited Love Song: “I’m Not That Girl (Reprise)”, well this song is quite unexpected. It is so short so it is hard to feel for her situation. But it allows you to realize that she does accept the situation, but is hard to feel the unrequited love song since it only is four or so lines.

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Elphaba- A

Acceptance: yes she does rather quickly

Response: responds very similar to Glinda. She chooses to not pursue Fiyero since Glinda is in a relationship with him. So with Elphaba, it shows just how far the two girls will go to keep friendship. Due to that level of loyalty, it makes since that Elphaba gets an A in the first place.

Unrequited Love Song: “I’m Not That Girl”. Elphaba gets the full “I’m Not That Girl” so you feel Elphaba’s unrequited love stronger than Glinda’s. She even accepts the situation right after realizing she is falling in love with Fiyero. She even admits she is not good enough for Fiyero since she is green.

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Eponine- A+

Acceptance: yes she does

Response: she stays loyal towards Marius and loves him so strongly that she responds by true love. She makes sure that Marius stays safe and happy. So she helps him find Cosette. She risks her life several times to do everything she does for Marius. At one point, she screams to protect Marius when her father and his gang try to rob Valjean’s house. At the time, Marius and Cosette were with each other. Even though it is her family she goes against, she cannot bear to see Marius hurt.

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She decides to go the barricade to make sure Marius stays safe. She does another favor for him when Marius sends her away with a letter to Cosette, but Marius does it to protect her. But she goes back and when Marius is about to get shot, Eponine takes the bullet herself. So up until her death, she makes sure Marius is safe and happy. She is able to die in the arms of Marius. Despite being a Thenardier and living in extreme poverty and dealing with unrequited love, she shows true love towards Marius.

Unrequited Love Song: “On My Own”. Of all the unrequited love songs on this list, “On My Own” is the strongest. That goes to show how deep and strong Eponine love for Marius is. It gives you an idea of what her life is like outside of Marius. Through lyrics like “without a home, without a friend, without a face to say hello to” and “a world thats full of happiness that I have never known”, you know her life is quite dark. It goes to show that she gets through the day by imagining that Marius loves her. She is constantly beaten at home and is forced to participate in her family’s schemes. It shows that she will always love Marius no matter what. Due to this song, it helped me realize “I’m Not That Girl” is aheartbreaking song.

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Eponine’s Strong Love for Marius

It is quite fitting that for the series, I would go straight to a character from Les Mis. That is because Wicked and Les Mis are my top two favorite musicals. For today, I decided to talk about why I love Eponine. It actually took me almost an entire year to know why I love Eponine.

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Major Spoilers:

Eponine is the eldest child of the Thenardiers. She started out as being a spoiled child, but also appeared to be loved by her parents. But soon after Cosette was taken away, Eponine’s life becomes even worse. She becomes horribly abused and unloved by her parents and falls into extreme poverty. She eventually falls in love with Marius so deeply because of the kindness he shows her, but that love falls unrequited. So where does my love of Eponine fall into all of this?

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She has to take part in her parent’s schemes because she was forced into them at times. But the interesting thing about Eponine is that she is not as despicable or as selfish as her parents. Her loyalty towards Marius shows just how different she is when it comes to her parents. She would rather be loyal towards Marius than towards her parents. That is an interesting part about Eponine. She shows how you can raise above her upbringing.

She is strong and brave and complex. A lot of my love for her comes from how she responds to her unrequited love for Marius. She will do anything for him even if it means losing him forever. She is the girl who helps him find Cosette. She risks everything for Marius. That shows her bravery and strength. Her love for Marius is quite strong. She continues to hold on because he is the light of her life. You might think her love for Marius is a weakness, but it actually is her greatest strength even though it leads to “A Little Fall of Rain”.

Her love for Marius does lead her to the barricade. At the barricade, in order to try to protect Eponine, he sends her to deliver a letter to Cosette. As she sings “On My Own”, she accepts that Marius will never love her and you can feel the level of depth her love for Marius goes and the song is very powerful. She will continue to love him no matter what. Without Marius, her life would be much darker.

She eventually gets killed at the barricade after sacrificing her life for him. She gets to die happy due to being in the arms of Marius. Marius shows compassion to her by holding and comforting her while she dies. If you understand how dark her life was and how strong she loves Marius, it makes you understand why dying in the arms of Marius makes her happy for once.

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So a lot of my love for Eponine comes from she responds to her love for Marius. You see her level of strength and bravery through her love for him. At least she gets to die in the arms of Marius due to how dark her life was. Her death does make Marius feel devastated, but despite that he still stays with her till the end.

Mystery Musical Plot #4

This is my fourth mystery plot poem. I write a musical’s plot in poem form and the readers have to guess what musical I am talking about. Some are harder to others and some are much easier.

Mystery Plot #4:

A story of love

A love so angelic and beautiful

That it moves you

That you want the couple to be together

A love so dangerous

That it can haunt and sadden you

What happens when these loves clash?

It creates an interesting love triangle

Sad in Musicals

I decided to write a poem about another emotion in musicals.

 

Sad in Musicals:

One that ranges in many ways

Barely there to really there

Barely there can refer to a “faint edge”

That section can easily be forgotten

Or even over shadowed

Strong enough when always there

Loved the most when moderate

That is when sad is loved

 

Ranges all the way to heartbreak

But once there range starts again

That one goes from mild to extreme

Mild so boring in that area

Where sad most likely is

But once moderate more emotion

Just a more devastating form of sad

One that feels like being hit by a pile of bricks

That causes goosebumps and tears

One with multiple emotions

But not all the time

 

 

Eponine and her Unrequited Love

This is my last unrequited love poem I am writing. I wasn’t going to not do a poem about Eponine due to her unrequited love. Whenever I think of unrequited love, I tend to think of Eponine.

Eponine:

A girl unloved and abused

A girl whose world is dark

A girl living in poverty

Will there ever be hope?

A glimmering light eventually comes

It comes in the from of a boy

The only boy and person who treats her kindly

Who is so sweet with her

So she fall in love with him so deeply

But that love falls unrequited

The girl who will do anything for him

Even if it breaks her

Just to see him happy

Will risk her life for him

Even if it means losing him forever

Even though she loves him

Protects him no matter what

Even when she has to face her father’s gang

Love full of such depth and strength

That leads her to the barricade

She will sacrifice her life for him

When he is in danger there

She will take her life for him

Dying in his arms is the happiest moment of her life

A scene full of such compassion and comfort

Who is this boy?

He is Marius

Unrequited Love of Elphaba and Glinda

This is my second poem with characters who deal with unrequited love. This time we are venturing into Wicked

Elphaba and Glinda:

A very odd situation

One involving two best friends

Very complex and tricky

A test of friendship

Where there is a loyalty of friendship

Both respond in a similar way

One who doesn’t think she’s good enough

Due to being green

Who starts out not with him

But quickly accepts

Who doesn’t pursue the boy

To keep friendship alive

But she doesn’t know the truth about Fiyero

She doesn’t know he already has a crush on her

Through a twist of fate

The green girl gets the boy

After he hears rumors spread about her

And the popular girl responded in a similar way

By not stealing him back

So this tests and strengthens their friendship

Due to the loyalty these two best friends show to each other

Which shows that they care more about their friendship than the romance

Unrequited Love in Musicals

I decided to do another poem, but this time about unrequited love in musicals. This one shall be a bit interesting due to how some operate and respond to this situation. Mixing the unrequited love situations is crazy in just one poem.

What is unrequited love?

The pain and heartbreak of loving someone who doesn’t love you

Taking a long time to develop and mature

To understand the term

Full of revenge, possible murder, and sacrifice

With heartbreak, sadness, loneliness and anger

Operating in so many ways

So twisted, mysterious, and dark

Trying to make the one you love to yourself

So not the best way to operate

With loyalty found between two best friends

Which strengthens their friendship

Not thinking your’e good enough for the one you love

With fascinating plot twist

Full of loyalty and being faithful to the one you love

Even when it breaks you

You still care for the one you love

For the sake of their happiness

Full of such depth and strength

That glimmering light of hope

Even if it leads to death

But worth it in the end

Even if it so complicated and complex