The Ballad of the Alpha Widow

September 22, 2012 § 4 Comments

I love this song musically, and really enjoy Les Miz as a broadway show.  But notice how Fantine blames the world for the consequences of her own bad choices rather than taking responsibility:

§ 4 Responses to The Ballad of the Alpha Widow

  • William Luse says:

    Sure enjoyed listening to it. Hope you’re not being too hard on her.

  • It is quite a beautiful piece of music. I have at least three versions of it in my iTunes, and Anne Hathaway has her own wonderful version in the new Les Miz trailer. (I haven’t much cared for Les Miz screen adaptations so far, but I can’t help giving them a shot when they come out).

    I’d probably be more circumspect in my criticism of Fantine if she wasn’t a fictional character. 🙂

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  • Over a year late, but as a huge fan of the show, let me defend Fantine here: She really IS paying for her bad decisions, though. Her whole life has been her paying for these bad decisions. She doesn’t deny it. Small wonder that she’s not rather peeved that the one other person implicit in this whole scenario has packed up and left, leaving her penniless and forced to rely on the mercy of abusive innkeepers, high-up politicians, the prostitution system, and the police just to keep herself and her young daughter alive. Small wonder she needed Jean Valjean to help out.

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