Oh god, okay, I just realized the whole scene at the barricades where Valjean chooses to spare Javert instead of killing him (which would have put an end to the threat of his arrest) is A GIANT FUCKING ALLUSION TO THE SCENE IN THE BIBLE WHEN JESUS GETS ARRESTED.
“Jesus’ other disciples
were upset at the sight of Roman soldiers and Jewish religious leaders
who had gathered there, ready to take Jesus away. So, wielding a sword,
one of them (Peter) cut off an ear of a man standing nearby: Malchus, the servant of the Jewish high priest.
‘But Jesus answered, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and
the elders, who had come for him, 'Am I leading a rebellion, that you
have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple
courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour – when
darkness reigns.’ (Luke 22:47)
This healing was the last miracle that Jesus
performed before going to the cross to sacrifice himself for the sins of
the world, the Bible says.
In this threatening situation, Jesus could have
chosen to perform a miracle for his own benefit, to avoid his impending
arrest. But he chose instead to perform a miracle to help someone else,
which is the same purpose of all of his prior miracles.”
OKAY SO BASICALLY,
-the barricade is the Garden of Gethsemane
-the barricade boys are Jesus’ angry disciples
-I guess Enjolras is Peter, here *le shrug*
-the high ranking members of the French Judicial system are the Jewish priests
-the officers of the police are the Jewish temple guard
-Javert is the servant Malchus (literally a slave to the law)
-Valjean is Jesus for obvious reasons
(I was writing a part of my fic where Javert has this moment of realization about Valjean’s nature and how his goodness is truer than the goodness of the forces of justice which he himself serves, and I was trying to come up with a good allusion/metaphor for what he was feeling and suddenly I thought “It’s kinda like how that one enemy lackey guy must have felt when Jesus healed his ear back on in the bible after Peter cut it o–WAIT A SECOND”)
i released an extremely loud honking noise from my body in my grandparents house just now because i was reading bible fanfiction as one does and judas called jesus a “sweet thing” and i for real thought i was gonna hyperventilate from restrained laughter
austin: this may not be the best move for austin, but for judas, this is perfect. by letting this person breathe, not only does it take the target off of austin’s back, but now judas is in the clear as well.