Les Mis Party 2017

Yesterday, I attended a Les Mis themed party. I came dressed up as Eponine, one of my favorite characters from the musical and one of the best characters of musical theatre. At this party, the house was decorated to be Les Mis themed. Outside of the house, Enjolras’ flag was there. On a flower bed the lyrics “rain will make the flowers” grow was there. Near the drinks, I saw the lyrics “drink with me to days gone by”. So those are just a few of the Les Mis references. A barricake was made and my mom brought a tart full of love. One of the many highlights of this party was doing Karaoke to Les Mis songs.

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In the picture above, I am dressed up as Eponine. I found all of these articles and pieces of clothing at Goodwill. I dirtied myself up using brown make up. Eponine is the eldest child of the neglectful and abusive Thenardiers. At first, she appeared to be loved by her parents, but after Cosette was taken away, the Thenardiers started mistreating Eponine and raised her to be a criminal. So she has a very empty life and not many good things are happening. Her family falls into extreme poverty. She has one source of light in her life, who is Marius and she loves him even though her love for him goes unrequited.

Eponine is brave, streetwise, tough, complex, and strong.  Despite being a Thenardier, she  does not grow up to be just as selfish and greedy as her parents. She still has a spark of good found within her, which might have something to do with Marius. That spark of good she has is a huge reason why I love Eponine. I love how despite her love for Marius being unrequited, she shows true love towards him. She loves Marius because of the kindness she shows her. He is her only light.

I love how her story ends even though her ending is tragic. She has disguised herself as a boy to be with Marius at the barricade. Marius wants to protect her from the uprising and in the stage show, he sends her away with a letter to Cosette only because he wants to protect her. She returns and gets shot, but her wounds are fatal. Even though Eponine knows she is dying, she still hopes to be with Marius. When Marius discovers that she is fatally wounded, he holds her in his arms until she dies. He is quite upset, but ultimately shows her compassion by never leaving her side.

Since I dressed up as Eponine, I will give you a more detailed analysis of Eponine.

https://megsdailymusings.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/analysis-of-eponine/

Letter to Marius

Dear Marius,

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Many people in the fandom never seem to see past your romantic side. They have even called you a jerk for the most absurd of reasons. That was only due to the fact that you had no clue Eponine loved you and they believe you don’t treat her fairly. I don’t believe that is true at all. You are not a jerk at all in my opinion. I am so thankful that you treated Eponine with kindness. She needed that due to how empty and lonely her life is. You were well aware of how dark Eponine’s life was. But you were able to provide light in her life. In addition, fans feel like you should have loved Eponine and not Cosette. Well, I believe you and Cosette make an incredible couple.

You are not just a romantic person in my opinion. You were also a revolutionary as well. Yes, once you fell in love with Cosette, you were more concerned with Cosette than the rebellion. You are such a sweet, kind, and compassionate person in my opinion.

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Wow, I cannot believe you faced so much trauma at the barricade. First, you had to watch Eponine die and later all of your other friends died in front of you. I cannot imagine how traumatic that most of been for you.

You did try to protect Eponine from getting shot at the barricade, but she still got shot. I am so glad you decided to be with her while she died. Some people think you were a bigger jerk at her death because you just realized she loved you. That is the silliest thing I ever heard. You were so sweet and compassionate here even though her death left you devastated. You decided to stay brave for her and decided to be there for her. You were quite compassionate in this scene and I love you for that.

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First Eponine and later you were the only survivor at the barricade. If you weren’t in love with Cosette, you would have died at the barricade. The letter you gave Cosette was read by Jean Valjean. Out of love for his daughter, he decided to head over to the barricade to protect you. If it wasn’t for him, you would have died as well. But still, I wish there were more survivors from the rebellion. All you have left at the end is Cosette and all Cosette has is you. Still you may be one of the survivors of the musical, but you still did not have a not so happy ending due to what happened at the barricades.

 

Letter to Cosette, Marius, and Eponine

Dear Cosette, Marius, and Eponine,

You three are part of one of my favorite sub-plots in Les Mis. Your youthful love triangle bring wonderful texture and emotion to the story. Many fans have called this love triangle silly, but in my opinion it most certainly is not.

Marius, I cannot believe I am telling you this, but many people have actually called you a jerk for the most absurd of reasons. They only say that because you were oblivious to Eponine’s love of you. Well, I honestly don’t believe that at all. You are such a sweet, kind, and compassionate person. You actually never appeared to be a jerk to Eponine and people have called you a jerk since you always rely on Eponine to help you end up with Cosette. Well, one reason why you never knew Eponine loved you is that she never told you. By the way, I am so glad you were kind and nice to Eponine. She deserves it because of how dark and empty her life is. You were very aware of how sad and miserable her life was.

Cosette, I love what you represent in the story. You are the light and hope in this tragic tale. You started out with a horrible life due to being abused by the Thenardiers when you were younger. But it slowly improved over time thanks to being rescued by Jean Valjean, your adopted father. By the way, your mother, Fantine, loved you very much and Valjean fulfilled his promise to Fantine by raising you as his own. I believe you and Marius make a wonderful couple despite what I have heard others say. People seem to forget your importance to Les Mis. I know you are one of the lesser developed characters, but you are still a wonderful character.

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Eponine, you are such a special person. I know your life started out well with you appearing to be loved by her parents. But when you and Cosette got older, the tables got turned and you ended up being abused by your parents. They even raised you to be a criminal. I cannot believe you hardly had any good things happen in your life. You were never around good people in your life. Your life became even worse than ever before. You did find some source of light through Marius, the only person who ever showed you kindness. That is why you love him and despite your love for him becoming unrequited, it is wonderful you would do anything for Marius. I know this sounds crazy, but for plot purposes, it is fascinating to me that your life and Cosette’s life literally swapped places. I honestly wish your life was better and that you had a better family life.

Through all three of you, the emotions are very conflicting as a matter of fact. Marius, when you and Cosette first bump into each other, I cannot help but feel for all three of you. The same pattern happens towards the end of “A Heart Full of Love” when that duet becomes a trio. So the love triangle is developed nicely. It is important to the plot of Les Mis because love is one of the key themes in Les Mis. It shows love in several forms, which is why it is fitting Les Mis is home to this youthful love triangle.

“On My Own” Analysis

Well, it currently is sprinkling outside and reminded me of “On My Own” from Les Mis. “On My Own” is about Eponine’s unrequited love for Marius, which is a highly important part of her story. I do feel like this song goes beyond the unrequited love. Below I will describe the song more in detail.

Well, “On My Own” was my second exposure to unrequited love in musicals. But it was the song where I finally began to understand the concept. I didn’t quite understand what it meant to suffer through unrequited love. But through this song, you can clearly see just how strong Eponine’s love for Marius is. A common misconception about Eponine’s unrequited love for Marius is that some people are puzzled as to why she loves him so much. In order to understand the unrequited love situation, you have to understand what Eponine’s life is like outside of Marius.

There are three parts in this song: the intro, the middle, and the rest. The intro starts at “and now I’m all alone again” and end at “the city goes to bed and I can live inside my head”. After that the main part of the song begins starting with “on my own pretending he’s beside me” and that part ends at “and all I see is him and me forever and forever”. Then there’s a sudden crescendo and keeps on building up until it is time for the song to slow down and come to a close.

I feel like in the introduction, it does give you more insight into who Eponine is as a person. I feel like you see aspects of Eponine’s life that are not related to the unrequited love. Through the opening lyrics “and now I’m all alone again”, it does show just how empty Eponine’s life is. Even at the words “without a home, without a friend, without a face to say hello to”, it shows that she has virtually no one in her life. She doesn’t even have parents who care about her and they treat her horribly and she doesn’t have friends either at all. Just by looking at lyrics like that, you start to understand why Marius means everything to her. He is all she has in her life, but she cannot have him. He is the only person who treats her kindly. She could have become just as selfish, greedy, and abusive as her parents, but she doesn’t which I think has something to do with Marius.

The second part of the song is truly when the song begins. That whole section gives a nature of fantasy throughout. It shows that she gets through the day by imagining that Marius is with her and that he loves her. But when that crescendo starts, the emotion truly starts to enter the picture.

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At that moment, it is when Eponine comes to terms with the situation she finds herself in. She realizes that Marius will never be hers. She realizes its only in her mind where she can imagine a future with Marius. She realizes that no matter what, Marius will never love her and she is quite aware that Marius doesn’t even realize that she loves him. I feel like the building up of emotion is key to the song. As the song gets louder, the songs gains more and more strength and that type of strength shows just how strong of a character Eponine is and shows just how strong her love for Marius is.

Towards the end, there’s another lyric that goes beyond the unrequited love. She sings “a world thats full of happiness that I have never known”. She is a character who doesn’t have a lot of good things happen in her life. She was raised to be a criminal and was horribly abused. She knows that the only good in her life is Marius. This song shows that she will always love Marius and will continue to show true love towards him even if he wouldn’t do the same for her.

I have to confess that I didn’t realize “On My Own” was heartbreaking right away. I found myself falling in love with Eponine the second time I saw the movie. I wasn’t able to grasp the concept of unrequited love right away. But as I got to know Eponine more and more, I realized that this song was a heartbreaker. This song is quite a powerful song and the use of crescendo add to the heartbreaking nature of the song.

Because I talked about “On My Own” today, I am planning to talk about “I’m Not That Girl” tomorrow.

Parallels in Musicals

Yesterday, I talked about why musicals rely on each other. This post is kind of similar, but this post I am going to be talking about parallels that you can find in musicals.

One parallel is “Memory” and “I Dreamed A Dream”. These two songs are from Les Mis and Cats. “Memory” is sung by Grizabella in Cats and “I Dreamed A Dream” is sung by Fantine in Les Mis. Both songs are heartbreaking songs and reflect on the past. Both Grizabella and Fantine do not have very good lives at all so in both of these songs, they think about the past and realize just how worse their lives have gotten. In my opinion, “I Dreamed A Dream” is a stronger song and part of that is due to the fact that I have a stronger emotional connection to Les Mis

Without “I Dreamed A Dream”, I never would have realized “Memory” is a heartbreaking song. I did see Cats when I was in elementary school, but have no recollection of seeing. However, I do remember I always loved the song “Memory”.

Another parallel is between “On My Own” and “I’m Not That Girl”, two unrequited love songs from Les Mis and Wicked. They are both heartbreaking songs and without “On My Own”, I never would have realized “I’m Not That Girl” is heartbreaking, but at least I knew the song was sad.”On My Own” is about Eponine’s unrequited love for Marius and “I’m Not That Girl” is about Elphaba’s unrequited love for Fiyero.

In my personal opinion, “On My Own” from Les Mis is stronger and more heartbreaking than “I’m Not That Girl” from Wicked. The thing with Elphaba is that literally just moments before she sings “I’m Not That Girl”, she realizes that she loves Fiyero and as a result, the song does not have room to be fully heartbreaking and her story doesn’t revolve around unrequited love, but instead her friendship with Glinda. In my opinion, this song goes beyond the unrequited love. One of her lines is “I wasn’t born for the rose or pearl” and through those lines, you realize that Elphaba doesn’t think that she is good enough for Fiyero because she is green  and outside of that line, she realizes that her best friend, Glinda, also loves Fiyero and that line is part of why “I’m Not That Girl” is an insightful song. In this song, you need to be quite vulnerable, but at the same time you need to keep some innocence alive due to who Elphaba is at this point in the story.

“On My Own” is stronger and more powerful than “I’m Not That Girl” and as a result you feel even more heartbroken. Unlike Elphaba’s story, Eponine’s story revolves around her unrequited love for Marius. There is a big reason why she loves him so much. Outside of Marius, Eponine’s life is extremely tragic and heartbreaking. Her parents are the Thenardiers, who don’t even love her and horribly abuse her. She was raised to be a criminal and all she saw was darkness growing up. She was completely left to fend for herself on the streets. So in this burst of light, Marius entered her life and for the first time someone treated her with kindness. Because Marius is literally all she has in life, it explains why she loves him so much. She literally will do anything for the one she loves.

In “On My Own”, Eponine accepts the fact that Marius will never be hers, but she still decides to stick by his side no matter what. In my opinion, this song goes beyond the unrequited love. One of Eponine’s lines is “without a home, without a friend, without a face to say hello to” and you do realize just how empty her life is and another line is “a world full of happiness that I never known” and this shows just how unhappy she is and how her life has gotten even worse over the years. Those two lines shows just how insightful the song is.

Besides the “On My Own” and “I’m Not That Girl” parallel and the “Memory” and “I Dreamed a Dream”, there are other parallels in the world of musicals. Musicals vary so much in storyline, character, melodies, and emotion. It is crazy how one musical song can help you understand another musical song.

Love Triangles in Musicals

One of the best parts about musicals is romance itself. It translates well to song and is such a beautiful emotion. One fascinating type of love comes from a love triangle itself. There are three love triangles that easily come to mind when I think of a love triangle. They are ones from Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, and Wicked. The plot of Phantom is basically a love triangle between Christine, Raoul, and Phantom. Than there is the love triangle in Les Mis, which happens between revolutionary Marius, brave Eponine, and innocent Cosette. But my favorite love triangle is in Wicked, which is between Elphaba, Glinda and Fiyero. The rest of this post will focus on these three love triangles more in detail.

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First up is love triangle in Phantom. This is the hardest love triangle to explain. I hardly have gotten to know this love triangle. I am one of those people who actually appreciate Raoul and Christine together. They are my favorite characters in this musical. Many people hate Raoul because he falls in love and Christine chooses him. That makes no sense at all because Raoul is such a wonderful guy. Christine and Raoul were childhood sweethearts. I love Raoul and Christine together and have nothing wrong with Phantom getting stuck with unrequited love. Phantom’s story basically revolves around this unrequited love. He seems to be a little too obsessed with Christine, which leads him to do destructive behaviors. I honestly have no idea how to describe this love triangle. Phantom of the Opera would lose a lot of its charm if Christine choose the Phantom.

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The next love triangle I am going to talk about is the one in Les Mis, which is between Eponine, Marius, and Cosette. Once again, I appreciate Marius with Cosette even though I love Eponine more than both of those characters. One of the best things about Les Mis is the switch between Eponine and Cosette, which is why it makes sense that Eponine gets the unrequited love and that Cosette ends up with Marius.

When Cosette and Eponine were children, Cosette was horribly abused by Eponine’s parents and they treated her like a servant. Cosette was quite unloved and broken on the inside, but was full of so much hope. Eponine’s parents, especially Madame Thenardier, seemed to love Eponine and they would spoil her. Well things take a turn when Valjean arrives to take Cosette away. While Cosette was rescued, Eponine was stuck with the Thenardiers her whole life.

After Cosette was taken away and ended up getting a better life, Eponine got the same treatment that Cosette got. She became so unloved, abused, lonely and neglected. She was taught the skills of the criminal world and how to steal and to lie. Her parents did not care for her. Once the two girls got older, Cosette’s life improved a lot while Eponine’s life became even worse. Both girls did fall in love with Marius, but Marius only has eyes for Cosette. Marius appears to treat Eponine unfairly, but he never once did. All Eponine has in her life in Marius and that’s it and is why her unrequited love is so heartbreaking and why she loves Marius as much as she does.

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Eponine does anything for Marius. She locates Cosette for him and protects him when her father and his gang tries to rob Valjean’s house. All of her actions are done out of love for Marius and that might seem like a weakness, but in reality it never was. Marius was the reason why she rose above her upbringing. Marius is what kept her going even though it led to tragic consequences. She does decide to join Marius at the barricade and Marius noticing that she is there asks her to deliver a letter to Cosette. He was only trying to protect her from the uprising (Gavroche delvers the letter in the movie).

Eponine finally was able to accept the fact that Marius will never be hers, but she will stick by his side no matter what. Well, Eponine does return to the barricades and while climbing over she gets shot and her wound ends up being fatal (in the movie, Marius was about to get shot and Eponine sacrificed her life to save Marius). Marius does decide to stay with Eponine until she dies, but she is happy being in the arms of the man she loves. Eponine’s fate is perfect just the way it is. This leaves Marius devastated and he truly knew just how dark Eponine’s life was. Literally right after she died, he said to the students “her name was Eponine, her life was cold and dark, yet she was unafraid”.

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Valjean, learning through the letter that Eponine gave him, he realized that his adopted daughter loves Marius. Valjean heads over to the barricade to make sure Marius comes out alive. He prays to God to save him and Valjean has to end up carrying Marius after he fell unconscious. Valjean takes Marius through the sewers. Marius is the only survivor of the uprising and he has to struggle with survivor’s guilt. Cosette helps him recover from his wounds. Marius and Cosette get married, but they still have lots going on. Marius lost both Eponine and all of his friends at the barricade and Cosette had a horrible childhood. In the book, Marius has a lot going on especially with his home life. On the night of Cosette’s wedding, Marius and Cosette head over to see Valjean, but discover that he is dying. Cosette had to watch her adopted father die and all Marius and Cosette have left is each other.

This love triangle as a matter of fact adds a wonderful texture to Les Mis. The switch between Eponine and Cosette fascinates me. Marius did love both Eponine and Cosette, but in different ways. Marius loved Eponine as a friend and did care about her and he loved Cosette in a romantic way. One of the most overarching themes in Les Mis is love itself: not just romance. It has love for the law, love for a parent, love for a child, love for a country, romance: both requited and unrequited, but ultimately love for God. So it is completely fitting that there is a love triangle in Les Mis. The love triangle is not silly one bit. Marius is such a sweet, compassionate, and caring guy and I don’t think he ever was a jerk to Eponine.

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Last but not least there is the love triangle in Wicked. The love triangle in Wicked is my favorite love triangle and has been the one that has been part of my life the longest. It is between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. The romance is quite important in Wicked, but not as important as the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. When Fiyero first arrives at Shiz, Elphaba does find Fiyero bit too annoying and a bit kind of rude. Fiyero invites everyone to a school dance and this is when Glinda and Fiyero date for the first time. There was this day in class when Doctor Dillamond was taken away and a new teacher comes in and Elphaba spots this scared lion cub trapped in a cage. Out of anger, she cast a spell on the class and for some odd reason it didn’t affect Fiyero. Both Fiyero and Elphaba run out in an open field to free the lion.

Through the conversation they have, Elphaba realizes that she actually loves Fiyero. “I’m Not That Girl” is a heartbreaking unrequited love song, but not fully heartbreaking in the fact that Elphaba just discovered she loves Fiyero. There was a time when I didn’t view “I’m Not That Girl” as a heartbreaking song because at the time, I didn’t understand what it meant for a musical song to be heartbreaking. But I did know the song was sad and through the help of “On My Own” and memorizing the lyrics, I realized that the song was heartbreaking, which actually strengthened and deepended the love triangle, which gave the musical a bigger sense of vulnerability.

The last time I saw Wicked, I began to wonder about Fiyero. The way he was interacting with Elphaba before “I’m Not That Girl” and afterwards when we learn he couldn’t stop thinking of the scene with the lion cub. I started to wonder if Fiyero actually had a crush on Elphaba without even realizing it.

Out of a major plot twist, Fiyero actually breaks up with Glinda and realized that he loves Elphaba. He hates the fact that Glinda is staying with the citizens of OZ because they are saying disrespectful things about her best friend. When Glinda realizes that Elphaba and Fiyero have started a relationship, she feels betrayed by both of them. The shift in unrequited love in Wicked is why my favorite love triangle is in that musical.

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So overall, love triangles provide incredible textures and are not pointless. They don’t take away from the plot. I think they actually add to a musical plot. I think the love triangles are perfect just the way they are. Christine and Raoul and Cosette and Marius are wonderful couples. What did Raoul and Marius even do wrong? What is so wrong with Phantom and Eponine having unrequited love in the first place?

Eponine is such a wonderful character and I feel like she would lose a lot of her charm and vulnerability if the unrequited love wasn’t there. If Marius was not in love with Cosette, Marius would never have been rescued from the barricade. Les Mis was crafted wonderfully and is perfect just the way it is. In the case of Phantom, Raoul is a much better fit for Chrsitne because he doesn’t seek revenge like the Phantom does. As for Wicked, the unrequited love shifts from Elphaba to Glinda.

Heartbreak and Inspiration of Les Mis

A progress from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsehood to truth, from night to day, from appetite to conscience, from corruption to life; from bestiality to duty; from hell to heaven, from nothingness to God. The starting point: matter, destination: the soul. The hydra at the beginning, the angel at the end

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Yes, Les Mis again

The quote above just shows the tale of Les Mis and how the main character’s journey progresses from beginning to end.

The musical, Les Misérables, is one of the most successful musicals of all time. The tile literally means the miserable and can even mean the downtrodden, the outcasts, and the fugitives. The title literally gives away the fact that Les Mis is indeed a very heartbreaking musical. The musical takes place during early 19th century France starting in 1815 and ending up in 1832.

 It can be quite curious as to why such a heartbreaking musical is so successful. I do remember the first time I saw the movie, the moment I learned Les Mis was a tragedy, I was so confused and sort of lost. That time around, I saw the musical as too depressing. I didn’t know if I actually liked that movie or not when it finished. I didn’t know if I would give the movie a second chance or not.

Despite all the confusion, I still decided to research the musical and learn more about the book. I even started to listen to the songs more and discover more about them. After all of that, I did decide to watch the musical movie a second time. This time around, I truly knew there was something special about the musical. I was curious as to why so much heartbreak can actually make you feel uplifted in the end. 

In Les Mis, it is important not to view the musical as just a heartbreaking musical because it is way more than that. True, most of the scenes are sad and heartbreaking, but those scenes are incredible scenes to watch as a matter of fact. The story is one of misery, heartbreaking, suffering and death, but also a story of love, compassion, hope, sacrifice, forgiveness, humanity and redemption. In a lot of ways, the inspirational side of Les Mis does exist throughout the heartbreaking nature.

The heartbreaking and the inspirational nature of this musical both show up in the prologue. The very first scene, the negative emotions enter the picture and up until the bishop scene, we see Valjean being treated poorly by society. No one is given him a place to stay, a job, or even something to eat all because he was an ex-convict. All of those scenes are heartbreaking and we can feel the injustice that Valjean faces. But enter the bishop and he offers Valjean a place to sleep and food to eat. But Valjean does still steal some silver from the bishop out of desperation and he is caught. He is surprised that the bishop actually lies and tells the police that he gave Valjean the silver has a gift and gives Valjean two candlesticks. Valjean uses the lesson that bishop taught him throughout the rest of this journey. The moment the heartbreaking and the inspirational natures clash together, the two are inseparable.

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You see inspiration through Valjean helping the poor once he becomes mayor. There is something inspirational about Valjean rescuing a man who has fallen under his cart. There is even inspiration when Valjean learns that a man was falsely accused of being him and Valjean turns himself in. But Valjean truly shows compassion towards Fantine, a former worker at Valjean’s factory, who turns to prostitution after being fired. Valjean promises to Fantine on her deathbed that he will raise Cosette, Fantine’s daughter, as his own. So there is compassion shown during death scenes.

Another death scene where compassion is shown is through Eponine’s death scene. She has just retuned to the barricades (different circumstance in the movie) and gets caught in the crossfire and gets shot and unfortunately her wounds are fatal. She loves Marius, a revolutionary on the barricade, unrequitedly. The moment she climbs over the barricade, Marius has no clue that she is terribly hurt. But after she collapses in his arms, Marius knows what is going on. He is truly devastated, but ultimately shows her compassion by never leaving her side. Even though he thinks it is too soon for her to leave, he still stays brave for her.

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There is something hopeful about the students standing up against the government. They are so passionate about their cause. Up until Eponine’s death, the students feel like there is a chance they will win. But after Eponine died, the students realized that they are way outnumbered and feel hopeless. But they still fight hoping that others will stand up for what they believe in. Valjean arrives shortly after Eponine died and he shows mercy and forgiveness towards Javert after he releases him from the barricades even though he promised the students he will execute Javert.

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If I never found a spiritual side to Les Mis, I feel like I would be kind of tired of the musical by now. I love feeling hurt and heartbroken in this musical because I strongly care about the characters and strongly love the plot and strongly love how the show makes you feel. You can feel hope, compassion, forgiveness, love, joy, excitement, uplifted, sad, heartbreak, guilt, loneliness, anger, hopeless, fear, desperation, devastation, depressed,  and even uncomfortable and there are even more than that. To understand the success of Les Mis, you need to see beyond its heartbreaking nature.

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The reasons why I believe Les Mis is so successful because it has incredible and memorable characters, like the angered, harsh, hateful turned compassionate and saintlike Valjean, the strict and obsessive Javert, the loving and prostitute Fantine, the greedy, abusive and comical Thenardiers, the loving, brave, neglected and lonely Eponine, the revolutionary and romantic Marius, the kind and innocent Cosette, the passionate and hopeful, leader Enjolras, and the unloved and heroic Gavroche. In addition, I love the brilliance of the story, which is the tale of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict and his journey to redemption, which includes the love triangle of Eponine, Marius and Cosette, the student uprising (AKA June Rebellion of 1832), and the story of Fantine.

But ultimately, I think the biggest reason why Les Mis is so successful is due the emotional nature of the songs. They make you feel several emotions at such a deep level all the way to the deepest level of the Holy Spirit. This musical feel so realistic and feels like you can truly care about the characters. Even though it is heartbreaking, it has several topics found in Christianity like love, humanity, sacrifice,  compassion, forgiveness, hope, and redemption. Les Mis is the most powerful musical ever and its complexity changed my view on musicals and taught me the value of tragedy in the first place.

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