Posts Tagged “Death”
- Get Me To The Courthouse On Time
Getting to not-Valjean's trial is a lot more complicated than a scene change. It's more like Hurley trying to make Flight 815.
- Meeting Marius
Marius grows up in a staunch royalist household, but when he learns they've lied about his Bonapartist father, he starts questioning everything.
- (From) Drinking to Revolution
Grantaire holds court in a tavern, the barricade goes up, Javert is discovered, and Marius has a very different experience getting into the combat zone.
- Hey Barricade, Who’s in Charge Here?
Initial skirmishes on the barricade, the first deaths, Marius' suicide mission, Gavroche pushing things a bit too far, and Valjean reaching another crisis.
- Passing Peak Ammunition
The barricade holds against several attacks the next morning, but they start running out of bullets...and defenders. Adieu to Gavroche and Javert.
- Last Stand at the Barricade
Hugo lays out the main theme of the book, 1000 pages in. The barricade falls, the surviving defenders retreat to the tavern, and Grantaire wakes up at last.
Javert's decision to commit suicide doesn't take long to tell, but it's an interesting scene that calls back to other dilemmas he's faced.
- This is the End
Without Javert, Valjean pursues himself to his own shocking decline, stopped only when Thenardier tries and fails to blackmail Marius. Sadly, it's too late.
Éponine literally arranges to get Marius killed because he rejected her. And arranges to die herself, because she has no hope for her future.
- Derailing Javert’s One-Track Mind
What undoes Javert is that he can't handle uncertainty. He's by-the-book, starkly authoritarian, and as soon as he has to think about things, he bails.
Javert is authoritarian, but he's not a leader. He's a follower, because he craves certainty.