Analysis of Enjolras, the students, and Gavroche

Major Spoilers:

This is my last Les Mis character analysis.

-1832

This is when we first meet these characters. We first get introduced to both Gavroche, Marius, and Enjolras in “Look Down”. Marius and Enjolras are trying to rally up people to support their upcoming uprising. General Lamarque, the only person in the government that cares about the poor, is dying of cholera.

Enjolras is the leader of all the students and is also the most passionate about the cause. There are eight other main students, which includes Marius. They are basically like a group of brothers and their relationship is close. They basically take in Gavroche, a Thenardier and a street urchin.

As a bit of background about Gavroche, the first thing we discover about him is that he is a street urchin. In the book, you learn that he is in fact one of the Thenardier children. He was kicked out of the house at such a young age and never actually really had a family. The students become like Gavroche’s family in a way. He sort of becomes this mascot of the upcoming uprising. One scene that was fun reading about in the book was when Gavroche basically took in his two younger brothers without knowing they are related. His home is basically inside this elephant. Despite being a Thenardier, he still has some kind of compassion inside of him.

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Out of all the students, Marius appears to be the least passionate. He has fallen in love with Cosette and he now has two passions. All he seems to think about is Cosette and the students and Enjolras don’t think he really cares about the uprising.

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During “Red and Black”, the students are planning their uprising and they are very confidant that this uprising will be successful. But the true anthem of the revolutionary students is “Do You Hear the People Sing”. All of the songs the students sing are very passionate songs. Throughout “One Day More”, you become aware of how much passion Enjolras has for the uprising. Marius is conflicted weather he should fight in the uprising or be with Cosette. Ultimately he decides to fight and join his brothers.

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The next day, the students start to build their barricade and it appears as if they have a chance of actually winning. Eponine has in fact joined the revolutionaries out of love for Marius, but Marius sends her away with a letter to Cosette to protect her. Javert is also there and is only there to spy on the students and he agrees to spy on the government for them, but they cannot tell that he is an inspector.

The loud hailer does in fact warn the students that they in fact have no chance at the uprising, but they don’t listen and still strongly believe in the uprising. When Javert arrives, he does talk about their plans, but Gavroche sees through his disguise and tells the students who this spy really is.  Right after Javert is caught, Eponine returns to the barricades. She got shot fatally and dies in Marius’ arms. This scene does show the students what they are up against and they agree to fight in her name. They become so hopeless in this scene and they now realize that their chances of surviving are quite slim.

Valjean does arrive and spends some time with the students. He arrived in order to protect Marius and the students don’t trust him at first. They just think he is another spy just like Javert. But after the second attack, they know that Jean Valjean is on their side. During “Drink With Me”, you can just feel how hopeless they really feel and you also see how special their relationship is. There is line in this song that describes what is about come and Grantaire sings it. He says “Drink with me to days gone by. Can it be you fear to die? Will the world remember you when you fall? Could it be your death means nothing at all? Is your life just one more lie?”. This scene is quite sad actually and is actually sadder when you know how unsuccessful the uprising actually will be. They end up resting for the night and Valjean prays to God to save Marius from the uprising.

The next day, the students have run low on ammunition and they need someone to climb over the barricade to collect more. Gavroche, despite being a kid, climbs over and he dies in the attempt. This scene actually shows how heroic and brave Gavroche is. The Thenardier children are the first two characters to die at the barricade. The loud hailer warns the students once again and despite feeling hopeless, the students are in fact still passionate about their cause. Enjolras and the students agree to still attack and sadly all of them, but Marius, lost their lives. Enjolras, as a matter of fact, has the most heartbreaking death out of all the students.

I love all of these characters due to how passionate they are about this cause. It was important that they all lost their lives because the June Rebellion of 1832 was actually that unsuccessful. I love how much of a strong leader Enjolras is. Enjolras and Marius are close friends and as a matter of fact, all of the students have an amazing relationship.

Tomorrow’s post is a wrap-up of these analysis’

 

June Rebellion of 1832

Possible major or minor spoilers

Today is Veteran’s day. When it comes to this day, I tend to think about the June Rebellion of 1832 at times. People tend to think the uprising in Les Mis is the French Revolution, but it actually takes place after the Revolution. This took place on June 5th and 6th of 1832. and was very unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, Victor Hugo actually witnessed this rebellion.

This was the uprising that Victor Hugo decided to use in his masterpiece, Les Misérables. In the musical, the uprising consisted of a group of young college students. The reason why they started this uprising was due to the very weak government. General Lamarque was the only person in the government who showed compassion and kindness towards the poor. When the students decided to arrange this uprising, General Lamarque was dying of cholera.

This uprising was lead by the passionate leader, Enjolras. In total there were nine main members of this  political student group. This group stayed passionate towards the end no matter what. There was a moment in the show where Valjean realized that Cosette loved Marius. Valjean was conflicted between if he should save Marius or should he not because of how much Cosette means to him. He decided to join the students in order to save Marius’ life.

The uprising mainly takes place in the second act. At the beginning, Eponine decides to join Marius at the barricades. She is disguised as a boy, but Marius recognizes her and asks her to deliver a letter to Cosette. Eponine loves Marius unrequitedly, but she does do what Marius asks of her. Marius sees Eponine as no more than a friend and only has eyes for Cosette. Marius only sent her away to protect her from the uprising and wants her safe.

Well, she does deliver the letter, but she still returns to the barricade. While climbing over the barricade, she gets shot and unfortunately her wound ends up being fatal. Despite knowing that she is dying, Eponine still climbs down the barricade to tell Marius that she delivered the letter. Marius has no clue that Eponine is dying at this point. He soon realizes after she collapsed in his arms. But Marius shows her compassion and stays with her till the end. This does leave Marius devastated because he truly cared about Eponine and was fully aware of how unhappy Eponine was. The fact that Eponine got to die in the arms of the man she loved actually gave her peace, comfort, and happiness for once. That is why the scene is so bittersweet and touching. I feel devastated that Eponine is dying, but feel joy knowing that she is happy for once in her life.

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After Eponine died, the students realized how outnumbered they really were. Valjean joined soon after the first death. Even Valjean knew that there was a chance that Marius would not survive the battle. “Drink with Me” is a very sweet song, but the students truly felt hopeless during this number. They realized the situation they have put themselves because they already witnessed a death. Marius at this moment was still devastated at the loss of Eponine.

After the students decided to sleep for the night, Valjean prayed to God that Marius needs to live. This takes place during a very delicate and beautiful song, “Bring Him Home”. This song shows that Valjean would do anything for his adopted daughter even if it means losing her forever. Valjean realized he does not have much time left because he is old.

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The next day, the students still felt hopeless, but yet still had the passion. Gavroche was the second person who died at the barricades. He jumped over the barricade to collect more ammunition, but was killed in the process. But he died a hero because he jumped over the barricade to collect more ammunition. This truly upset the students even more. The government was telling them they should just give up because they had no chance. They still fought despite what they were told. All of students including Enjolras died during the final battle, but they still stood up for what they believed in even though they lost.

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Marius was the lucky one who survived thanks to Valjean. Marius was severely wounded and fell unconscious. Valjean carried Marius through the sewers in order to rescue him. If it wasn’t for Valjean, Marius would have died as well. Marius went through survivor’s guilt wishing he died too.

The June Rebellion may have been a forgotten piece of history, but it is still well known. All because of one book, the June Rebellion will always be remembered. The June Rebellion reflects the fact that France had a very weak government after the French Revolution. There were several rebellions and Victor Hugo actually witnessed the June Rebellion, which is why it is part of his famous novel.

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God’s Divine Plan

You are where God wants you to be at this very moment. Every experience is part of his divine plan

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There is so much truth in this quote. Some people may not realize it, but where you are is indeed part of God’s plan for you. Right now, I know I am the right place. I know that I was meant to be at Gardner Webb. I am remained me of this everyday. There are these beautiful sunsets here and that is one of the main places where I know this is where God wants me to be at this moment. When you are young, you have no idea what the rest of God’s plan holds for you. I know where God wants me to head towards, but even I don’t know how to get there. I have my nonprofit idea, but don’t how to get it started. As I continue my college experience, I hope I will gain skills to allow me to work in nonprofit. I feel like once I start working in a nonprofit, I will start building towards starting mine.

God already has had such an influence on my life. I learned to believe in Him p at an Episcopalian Conference Center, Kanuga. That is where a lot of my spirituality was developed as a kid. I did volunteer from time to time with my church and attend Diocese events. At one of those Diocese events, I developed a deep connection to those living in poverty and homelessness. The moment I realized the vast majority of the population was living in poverty, I realized that part of God’s plan was for me to give back to that population.

It took until 2015 to realize that I was meant to work in Nonprofit and this year, I realized that I wanted to open one. At first, I thought God was quite crazy that He wanted me to do that. But I know that God will equip me with what I need to open a Nonprofit. I have never seen volunteering as a sacrifice because it is a passion and calling. I want to turn that passion and make a difference with it. I cannot wait to see what else God has in store for me. Being at Gardner Webb has strengthened my spirituality and it is stronger then it was in high school. Even the Bristol Pilgrimage from summer of 2015 has had such an influence on my spiritual journey. At Gardner Webb, I attend the weekly Gathering, a student-led worship service, and volunteer through my service club.

What does it mean to be a Servant?

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life for a ransom for many”

-Mark 10:45

What does it mean to be a servant? Servanthood is an important part of being a Christian. Servanthood starts with sacrifice. Servanthood means living the life that Jesus lived. It means helping people in times of need and reading out to others through ministry. In fact, you must become a servant way before you become leader. I have never felt like a leader because I always felt like a follower. In fact, I feel way more like a servant then a leader. That is due to my passion for helping the less fortunate and that passion will continue for the rest of my life.

Many of the biggest challenges that Ministry faces can all be solved through the use of servanthood. You can simply be a servant by helping the “least of these”, which consist of the homeless, orphans, strangers, prisoners, refugees, and the sick. They are the ones that need the most help.

But what holds us back? Some things are fear, obligations, laziness, perceptions, lack of time, lack of energy, no desire/motivation, pride, lack of comfort, and unawareness. What can be used to overcome these? Don’t forget that God has used many messed up people to do something amazing. Remember Abraham, Joseph, Saul, Rahab, David and many others who were considered to be the “least of these”, but they did incredible acts. Remember God wants to use darkness for good. There is always a source of light in the midst of darkness.

Yes all of these types of blockades will keep on coming in your life. Think back, what part of your life can you use to reach out to others? Sometimes I don’t know what holds me back at times, but I do know I am heading in the right direction. I know what was the pivotal moment in my life that made me start having a deep connection to those living in poverty and homelessness. It was at an experimental dinner where the vast majority of the participants represented those living in poverty and homelessness and it was that moment that made me realize that giving back to the less fortunate was my calling. But at the time, I did not know God was going to develop that into one of the most amazing ideas. I later learned that I was not supposed to volunteer on the side, but instead was actually meant to work in Nonprofit and head towards starting one.

Flying Leap of Faith

“Those who survived the exile and in the great province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire”. When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the Lord…I was cupbearer to the King.

-Nehemiah 1: Nehemiah’s Prayer

What does it mean to take a flying leap of faith? A lot of times in life, we let our fears get in the way and control our life and due to that, some of our dreams become broken and suffer because of it. Never get caught off guard by the fears, stressed, and worries of your life. Everyone is one this Earth for a reason and when we discover it, pursue it and allow it to happen.

Everyone feels like they are unqualified for their calling. That is true, but put your faith in God and allow him to equip you with the tools and skills you need to accomplish your calling. Just never think you are unqualified for your vision despite feeling that way. Sometimes I feel like I am unqualified to start a Nonprofit due to the risk involved and due to the fact that I don’t feel like a leader, but a follower instead. But I trust in God and will allow Him to give me the tools necessary to reach my dream job.

But what exactly is your calling? How do you know what that is? This can be seen by asking yourself “what problem can you see that needs to be solved?”. My calling is to give back to those living in poverty and homelessness. I was shocked to discover that that population took up the vast majority of those living in the world. People see those who are homeless as a problem and as a result, it makes the homeless feel useless and makes them feel like they don’t belong. I want to be able to give them equal opportunities in life and help find some kind of meaning. I understand the power of live theatre and I feel like they will really benefit from that. I hope that when they perform on that stage in either a play or a musical, I hope that they will able to get off the streets and find meaning for once in their life. My nonprofit will allow them to perform and will also maybe allow them to experience live theatre through an audience perspective.

The next question to think about is “what is it that your’e passionate about?” We all have passions. I am equally passionate about musicals and service. I may not show my love for volunteering much, but it is a passion and a calling. Musicals are just a passion of mine and nothing more. I may talk about them a lot, but my path was never leading towards musical theatre in the first place. It was leading me towards giving back to the less fortunate. I started to understand where my path was leading me when I first developed my passion for service back in high school. At the time, I wasn’t even passionate about musicals, but instead just a fan. It wasn’t until college that my appreciation for musicals turned into a passion all because of “Les Mis”, a musical I am still obsessed with.

Another question to think about is “what makes you sad, mad, and glad?” I never would have thought things that way. It is sad to think that so many people are living on the streets. People don’t seem to see the fact that they are humans too and deserve to have meaning in their life and a place to stay for the night. Volunteering and musicals make me happy and it is sad to think how society tends to label and treat the homeless and those living in poverty.

Never dismiss your vision. It will happen as long as you keep a faith in God. We need to step up and not let the devil control us. He will keep on putting fear and distress in our life, which will continue to make us more and more miserable. The devil puts false images in our mind, which are not true. Never let the devil win and allow God to enter your life. If you put your faith and commitment to God, then we will help us in our spiritual journeys. Having a flying leap of faith means take that step that will eventually lead you towards what you were called to do.

God’s Purpose

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth”

-Exodus 9: 16

Why are we in this Earth? What are we called to do?

Those questions can be hard to figure out, but God works in mysterious ways.

I never thought that using your purpose could actually help you see God’s power. God’s power works every single day. If we trust in him, life is so worth it and easier to survive. I love my spiritual journey with Christ. I love being this spiritually strong person and I will nurture that and just allow it to grow.

I know that my purpose is to make a difference in those living in poverty and homelessness. I realized that was my purpose in high school. I did this incredible exercise at an Outreach weekend event. It was at dinner and it showed the different classes and how much of it is represented in the world. Our name tags had symbols or nothing at all, which represented three different classes. Only four people had stars on their name tags, which represented the wealthy and they were served and got to appreciate the best meal. At the middle class table, they had triangles on their name tags and there were only ten people and they served by family style. Unfortunately I was stuck in the poverty section and we had to sit on the floor and only had rice, beans, and water and used paper bowls, cups, and napkins. This exercise helped me realized that the vast majority of the world lives in poverty and it was at that moment that I found my calling. At first, I thought I only had to volunteer on the side, but in college I was to find out God did not want me to do that with my life.

He showed me where I was meant to be and how I was supposed to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate then me. I discovered in my 2nd semester of Gardner Webb that I wanted to work in Nonprofit and that was when I realized that God wants me to work with them instead of volunteering on the side. I was surprised once again last semester when God had told me that I somehow had to eventually open up my own Nonprofit. I never thought He was leading me in that direction and He somehow did. In that semester, I was already a musical fanatic and absolutely loved them and was aware of how much benefit theatre has been doing in my life. I begin to think how much more benefit theatre would give to those living in poverty and homelessness. That is when I thought about starting my own Nonprofit that would support that. I am thinking that being involved in theatre will help them get off the street and will give them meaning for once in their lives. The Nonprofit will focus on them performing in musicals and plays. It is crazy that God wants me to start a Nonprofit someday. He somehow wanted me to incorporate both of my main passions into one idea.

I feel like I am more passionate about musicals then volunteering, but God has called me to give back, which will help fix this broken society. God has called me to do this, but I still don’t see myself as a leader, but that is what I need to see myself as if I want to start a Nonprofit. I have no idea how to move forward with an idea and turn it into something. I have two ideas on how to get this idea started. One is to brings actors to shelters and have them perform scenes from musicals and plays there. The second idea would be having enough fundraisers and take them to the theatre and we would discuss the show afterwards. This idea almost seems impossible, but I will never give up on this dream job. If I want to make a difference and follow my purpose, then I have faith that it will eventually work out. I never thought that these two passions could ever come together because they are so unrelated to each other. This idea sounds crazy and risky, but I would rather follow my heart in a job compared to a job that makes a lot of money. Getting my Nonprofit is going to taking many steps and yes there will be times when I will fall, but God will pick me back up and allow me to continue. God is so powerful and mighty that He truly understands your passions and allows you to fulfill your purpose on this earth.

How Two Passions Come Together

What does it mean to be passionate?

That is an interesting question. I know I have two different passions, which don’t seem to be directly related. My two passions are volunteering and musicals. I feel like I am the most passionate about musicals. I love all sorts of musicals, which gives them an extradorinaiy capability. It doesn’t matter if the musical is tragic or comic. It doesn’t matter  how much light or dark a musical has. It doesn’t matter if it has dance and spectacle or none at all. It doesn’t matter what the emotional quality is like either, but that is the most complicated part of musicals.

As for the other passion, it is much more a calling. In high school, the moment I heard that the vast majority of the people in the world was living in poverty, I realized that this is my calling. I always had this deep connection to this community. At first, I thought I only would volunteer on the side. I don’t treat this like a passion, but I am drawn to it. This is one of the biggest reasons why I picked Gardner Webb because they are big on community service.

So how do you decide which one is more worth having a job in? To me it is more important helping those in need then getting involved in a musical. I would rather do a job that supports my calling. But I feel as if the two were meant to eventually find each other and become something. I realized that last year when I realized that musicals might eventually benefit those living in poverty and homelessness. I know how much benefit theatre has given me and I began thinking of how much more benefit it would give those living in that community. That is when I realized I want to start a nonprofit that gives the improvised the opportunity to perform in musicals and plays.

These two passions are a strong piece of who I am. I keep on being asked how in the world this nonprofit be successful. As of right now, it is only an idea, but that is the direction I want to be headed towards. I know nothing about working in nonprofit and I only understand theatre from the point of view of an audience member. I want to work in nonprofit before I take this idea a step further. It is not like I am going to start it alone.  Yes, working in nonprofit is risky, but it is my calling to help those less fortunate then I.