Who is Marius?

Next character on this series is from Les Mis.

Major Spoilers:

Marius is more complex than he appears. What people may not know is that he has a political conflict going on with his grandfather. He left his grandfather to live a life of poverty. He is this complex, young and awkward revolutionary, who is part of the students of the ABC. He is good friends with Eponine, but is oblivious to her love for him. He is sweet and kind and you can see that through his friendship with Eponine and his love for Cosette and his friendship with the revolutionaries.

He is part of of a youthful love triangle between Eponine and Cosette. He is in love with Cosette and asks Eponine to find Cosette for him and she does. He constantly is naive to her feelings for him, but he still is good to her. Marius and Cosette are quite an adorable couple. They bring hope to this tragic tale and they are perfect for each other in many ways. Marius is capable of a lot of bravery and compassion.

In act II, you get to see just how much bravery and compassion Marius is capable of. It is the barricade scenes. Marius decides to fight with his friends, and that takes a lot of courage. When he first notices Eponine, he sends her away with a letter to Cosette. He sent her away in hopes to protect her because he cares about her and did not want her getting hurt or worse killed.

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Unfortunately Eponine does come back to the barricade. She shields Marius from a bullet heading straight towards him. Marius does not realize at first that she got shot, but when he does, he is devastated. You see in that moment that he is quite upset, and that shows that he did care about her. He decides to show compassion by being with her and comforting her till she dies. So Marius is capable of loads of compassion. Even though he was breaking, he was still brave for Eponine and never left her side in that moment.

Marius is a survivor because he almost died but was saved by Jean Valjean. He deals with survivor’s guilt wishing he had died with his friends. He does not understand why he survived and why all his friends died. He does not know who his savior is. All he has left is Cosette and it is love for Cosette that brings hope. He has to deal with a lot of trauma because all of his friends died and now all he has left is Cosette.

I feel like Marius is under-apppreciated. He is a kind, sweet, and compassionate young man. I love that about him and I also love his awkwardness. He cares about Eponine, and I can understand why he is oblivious to her love for him. He just has a lot going on because he has a political conflict going on with his grandfather, is a revolutionary, and let’s remember one essential fact: Eponine never told him she loves him until her death. I want Cosette and Marius together as they bring hope to this tragic tale. So overall Marius is a complex, awkward, sweet, kind, compassionate, romantic and brave young man.

6 thoughts on “Who is Marius?

  1. I really liked this post! I just went to see Les Miz last night and I got to see Joshua Grosso as Marius! He was really, really good! I loved his portrayal!

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    • This analysis is based on the book and various Marius actors: that is crazy. Glad to see that you loved Joshua- told you that he is such a fantastic Marius and there is something about him that makes him shine

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      • Yeah, he was awesome! He really balanced out the character and he was great! I loved him in the role! His “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” was especially good!

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      • For me, he made the performance his own. He brought something new to Marius. A personality trait I never knew Marius had: Joshua had this unique awkwardness and that is a huge reason why I was drawn to his Marius so much. Everything I had previously seen in Marius he brought out, but added that one personality trait to the role.

        He really has become my favorite Marius over the course of these short months.

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      • Definitely! His acting and acting choices were really strong. I think that he showed the difference between mere acting and living as the character really well! He was a really believable Marius and I loved the little things he did with the character!

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      • A true standout in the cast. He made Marius to me almost a core favorite Les Mis character.

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