Just watched the Mentalist, I’m officially dead. Going to spend my summer investigating.
We were allowed to listen to music during Maths today. I listened to Javerts suicide song for the whole period. It’s a great song but I’m still trying to work out the meaning.
His death, to me, seems really out of character. Then again, I haven’t read the book. It just seems unexpected to me.
I tried listening to the lyrics clearly. Does he want Jean Valjean to kill him?
Idk, could anyone help?
(oh god I had made a really complete answer :/)
I’ll try to sum it up!
So hey, I’m french and I read the book so :
I think the main reason for his suicide is that Javert’s completely lost and devastated because his vision of the world has been crushed by Valjean! He was always a righteous man, he was a feared inspector and always thought there was black and white, good and bad. He had a dualistic vision of the world. He tracked Valjean for many years because he thought that it was his duty as a policeman and it was no other way, it’s the law there’s no ‘yes but it was to feed my sister’s child’ ‘yes but i had to’; so he really expected Valjean to kill him because to him Valjean is evil like every other penal colony’s prisoner. Yet Valjean saves him! He takes a risk for him! and that, that is IMPOSSIBLE to Javert. He tells it many time in his song
“There is nothing on earth that we share
It is either Valjean or Javert!”
It’s good or bad!
“The world I have known is lost in shadow.
Is he from heaven or from hell?”
The world he has known is the world where he thought that everything was good or bad, but now he can’t answer the question, hell or heaven? There’s no alternative for Javert. So the situation here raises a million questions for him!
“Can this man be believed?
Shall his sins be forgiven?
Shall his crimes be reprieved?
And must I now begin to doubt
Who never doubted all these years?”
He begins to question himself and it really hurts him. He realises that he has been wrong all this time!
Moreover there’s another thing : Javert has chased Valjean for many many years (you can see it in the movie, the time passes, Cosette grows up and while the time passes, Javert doesn’t give up! he doesn’t forget! he is unbreakable, he is the law!), under different identities he hunts Valjean. It is one of his main goals, it’s the meaning of his life in some way and here he has lost it! He has failed to arrest Valjean when he was so close! He let him walk away with Marius when he could have arrested him! And he doesn’t understand! He is Javert how could he do that?
The last thing is that he can’t stand to owe his life to a scum like Valjean, he would rather be dead.
But mostly it’s because he can’t stand the fact that the world is so much different from what he had imagined!
I hope this help?