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Enjolras
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Biographical information
Gender

Male

Eye Color

Blue

Hair color

Blonde

Born

1806

Died

6th June 1832 (aged 26)

Cause of Death

Executed by the soldiers alongside Grantaire (novel & 2012 film)
Shot at the barricades (musical)

Family

Only son of rich parents

Relationships

"Patria was his mistress" "Lover of liberty"

Job

Chief of the Les Amis de l'ABC

Student (probably in law)

Behind the scenes
Portrayer

See list

Enjolras (pronounced: [ɑ̃ʒolʁas]) is a character in the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. He is the leader of Les Amis de l'ABC.

NovelEdit

About Edit

Enjolras was born into a wealthy family in 1806. He believes in democracy and freedom and is willing to do anything to achieve it. Hugo tells the reader that Enjolras is a very charming young man who is also capable of being terrible. He is described as having blonde curls and blue eyes. Despite his good looks, however, he has no interest in women.

After the death of General Lamarque, Enjolras and his followers stage a rebellion. The rebellion is very unsuccessful, as all but two people are killed (excluding the five insurgents Enjolras orders to leave out of necessity when it becomes clear that the barricade is doomed). He is a passionate leader and fighter that cares about the people of France; when he is forced to shoot a man, he not only regrets it but the shooting of Le Cabuc is symbolic of Enjolras' capability of being terrible, as well as the Amis' realization that they're all going to die at the barricade.

Les Amis de l'ABCEdit

Enjolras is the passionate leader of Les Amis de l'ABC, a group of students dedicated to making political changes in France. In the musical he is shown to have a closer bond with his fellow revolutionaries, including young Gavroche. Enjolras devoutly believes in democratic freedom, which leads him into an argument with the Bonapartist Marius Pontmercy. Enjolras strives to realize democracy and equality. He declares "Patria" or "Homeland" as his mistress and only has eyes for his causes. This makes him a foil of the character Grantaire, who is cynical and believes in nothing (besides Enjolras himself). Despite the differences in their characters, Grantaire looks up to Enjolras.

June 5, 1832Edit

Enjolras

Enjolras, as he appears in the novel

During the funeral of General Lamarque, a popular defender of the people, the monarchy dispatches troops to keep the peace. As shots are fired, Enjolras and the rest of the Friends of the ABC spring up and build a barricade outside of a wine shop in the rue Mondetour. They build the barricade out of common items, arm themselves and prepare for the coming fight. Gavroche points out that Javert, posing as a revolutionary, is actually a spy for the army. The men take Javert prisoner and tie him to a pole in the Corinth restaurant. After a revolutionary shoots an innocent bystander, Enjolras promptly executes him as penalty. It's mentioned that the executed revolutionary was not only Claquesous, one of the four heads of Patron-Minette, but that he had been hired to stir up anarchy amongst the revolutionaries. The students mourn the death of Mabeuf, who was shot attempting to return the red flag of the revolution to its post, having volunteered to do this task. Enjolras gives Mabeuf a kiss on the forehead, and later on the hand - and Victor Hugo states that those are the only two kisses Enjolras has bestowed in his entire life. He then erects Mabeuf's coat in place of the flag to honor his courage. After discussing the matter, the students decide to keep Javert as a hostage. Enjolras sends five men away from the barricade, realizing that those at the barricade will die. Valjean arrives at the barricade. Enjolras orders Javert's execution following the execution of a revolutionary at the hands of the National Guard; Valjean leads Javert away with permission to do this task and sets him free instead. 

DeathEdit

Enjolras 2012

2012 movie musical

The barricades fall and as the army presses onwards, Enjolras retreats into the wine shop. He alone is left untouched by bullets and wounds, but with no other weapon in hand except for the barrel of his carbine. Enjolras himself told the National Guards to shoot him, throwing away the stump of his carbine, folded his arms and presented his breast.  Just before the guardsmen were about to shoot him, Grantaire, awakening from his drunken stupor, asks to be shot with Enjolras with the words: "Vive la république! I belong to it."  Enjolras has a sudden realization that Grantaire would rather die next to him than live without Enjolras; he takes Grantaire's hand and they're shot smiling while holding hands. The soldiers execute both of them. Enjolras, pierced by eight bullets, remained backed against the wall, as if the balls nailed him there. He only bowed his head.

MusicalEdit

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Act IEdit

Act IIEdit

GalleryEdit

MusicalEdit

FilmsEdit

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Enjolras

  • Enjolras

    5 messages
    • Enjolras is, without a doubt, my favorite character in both the book, musical, and movie. While he may not be the friendliest person and ...
    • I agree with you. To be honest, he's not my favourite character, but he's definitely very interesting. I think best characters aren't positive...
  • Grantaire/Enjolras

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    • Thry love each other so stop (I am the one from above). The only thing Grantaire believes in is Enjolras. The requested to die because he could...
    • I'm closing the thread to avoid any further arguments. Thanks for understanding. This is a really old thread, so I do hope you all get the mess...

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