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A Fine Line - Between Chaos and Creation

Everybody seems to think I'm lazy; I don't mind, I think they're crazy...


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Day Three Hundred-Ten (Aka: NaBloPoMo 2013 - Day Six)
I Am Clever
alec_towser

AKA: Random musings.

 

WARNING: Here there be spoilers.  Carry on at your own risk.

 

Something interesting came to me earlier today, but first, some backstory:

 

My mom pointed out that ultimately the story for Les Miserables is about the contrast between Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert; how one man learns to forgive (both himself and the world), and how the other can't forgive himself.

 

It was an interesting way to think about it; one that I hadn't considered.

 

Anyway, I was listening to the movie soundtrack for Les Miserables the other day, and today something struck me.  The music for Valjean's Soliloquy and Javert's Suicide are identical. 

 

In Valjean's Soliloquy, Valjean decides to turn from his thieving ways and live a better life.  The bishop could simply have reported him to the police for theft, and he'd have been back in jail.  But the bishop chose to forgive Valjean for stealing from him and gave him an out to better himself, so he forgave himself.

 

In Javert's Suicide, Javert cannot live with the fact that a criminal has changed his ways and offered him mercy.  Jean Valjean could have shot him while he was a prisoner, but instead releases him, knowing full well Javert will simply chase after him again.  Javert, unable to make that ultimate choice between doing the morally right thing and the lawfully right thing, throws himself into the Seine.

 

One piece of music detailing two men's very different paths - one who forgave and changed his ways, and one who could not.

 

Certainly lends credence to my mom's theory.  I thought it was interesting, anyway.


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