Jacques Roux was a public executioner who did not like his job. He had the qualities of empathy and sympathy imbibed in him and was conscience guilt-driven because of the nature of the work that he did. According to him, capital punishment was a punishment which should rewarded to anyone for a crime, and he believed that there was always a better way of punishing people. He was awakened to his inner voice, and felt that capital punishment should be abolished.
Where on one hand we see Roux suffering from the agonies of his dreadful deeds, we see a different picture of him while seeking advice from Robichon and Quinquart regarding the speech that he had to deliver at Appeville-sous-Bois. He underwent stage fright and was very nervous and desperately sought help. Also, another prospect of Roux comes to light when he agrees to let Robichon impersonate him which would ultimately bring him double the amount of money that he had to make, and free advertisement for an upcoming performance by a famous actor on his name.
All these incidents reveal that Roux was not at all courageous, and was somewhere weak at heart. He also got swayed away with Robichon's idea, which draw a subtle loophole in his character as well.
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