Jean Valjean is the classic reform character. You know, a bad character gets turned around by some kind soul and starts a new life. Only there's one problem here--Valjean's past keeps catching up with him. It (along with a certain police inspector by the name of Javert) won't let him change. So, Valjean spends most of his time on the run from the law. His is a character we might pity in a theatrical setting, but we would condemn in life as a lawless man. He is not a saint, nor is he a devil. He is a man trying to turn his life around, and the world won't let him.
The picture you see is of . . . well, I'll get back to you on that one; I forget. But click on it, and you can listen to Colm Wilkinson sing part of "Who am I?"
And must my name until I die be no more than an alibi? (Characters)