Les Misérables - Fight, Dream, Hope and Love | The Culture Concept Circle
Valjean's love for others—in particular, for Cosette—is what keeps him going in Cosette's love then reaches fulfillment through her marriage to Marius, and. At the end of Les Misérables, as Jean Valjean lies dying before his beloved daughter Cosette and her husband-to-be Marius, the musical. Victor Hugo — 'Poor old Jean Valjean, of course, loved Cosette only as a father; but, as we noted earlier, Marriage between them was out of the question, even that of souls; and yet it is certain that their Read more quotes from Victor Hugo.
When Cosette and Marius finally meet again in the garden, they confess their mutual love, share their first kiss, and introduce themselves. They continue to meet in secret. The same night, Cosette informs Marius that she and Valjean will be departing for England soon.
This news devastates them both, because it will mean the end of their relationship. Marius briefly attempts to obtain money and permission to marry from his grandfather to circumvent this issue. Their discussion dissolves into a heated argument stemming from the grandfather's suggestion to "Make her Cosette your Marius' mistress", and Marius storms out.
Valjean considers this in horror for a few days, then informs Cosette they will move to their other house and will be in England in a week. Cosette quickly writes a letter to Marius with this information. Marius writes a farewell letter to Cosette, which is delivered to Valjean by Gavroche. After the battle is over, he takes Marius' unconscious body through the sewers.
After, quite literally, dragging Marius through quicksand in the sewer, Valjean finally manages to get Marius through the sewers alive.
Javert helps Valjean return Marius to his grandfather's house, and Valjean requests to be brought home to say goodbye to Cosette before being sent back to the galleys. Javert allows it, and when Valjean instinctively looks out the window, Javert is gone.
Quote by Victor Hugo: “Poor old Jean Valjean, of course, loved Cosette”
We later find out that Valjean's sparing his life at the barricade had caused a moral paradox and that Javert had gone to throw himself into the Seine. After Marius' six-month recovery from his wounds, he is reunited with Cosette.
Wedding and afterwards[ edit ] Cosette bids farewell to Valjean after her marriage On February 16,Marius and Cosette marry.
The next morning, Valjean tells Marius of his criminal past. Marius asks him to leave him and Cosette. He then allows Valjean to visit her each evening, but makes those visits increasingly difficult until Valjean stops coming.
While Marius, assuming the worst about Valjean's character, searches for the real origin of Cosette's money, Valjean loses the will to live and becomes bedridden. As Marius looks on, Valjean tells Cosette the story of her mother Fantine and how he came to be her guardian. Character role[ edit ] Critics have often considered Cosette to be something of an empty figure, with no real independent character apart from the role she plays in the lives of others: Grossman remarks, she brings out the "hatred of humanity" that is typical of Hugo's villains.
Mario Vargas Llosa says of her relationship to Marius, Now the love between these two is completely ethereal; the sex drive has been surgically removed so that their relationship can be purely one of feeling. Before the wedding the young people exchange one kiss, which is not repeated because, as the narrator says, neither Marius nor Cosette was aware of the existence of carnal desire The dialogue between these two virtuous lovers is as unreal as their amorous behavior.
For this reason, the episodes where the two lovers talk to each other are the most artificial moments in the novel. She is the primary motivation for several characters in the novel to lift themselves out of darkness, regardless of whether or not they succeed. For this reason the picture of her sweeping the inn in the evening is often the image most associated as being singularly representative of the main themes of the book, and is used frequently on the cover.
Cosette can be seen as a strong female lead in the novel, aiming to achieve happiness ultimately in her life. Ultimately, with Marius, she succeeds in doing so. She can be seen as restrained by the time in which she lived, but still full of hopeful innocence and subtle strength. Fantine had to leave her daughter into the hands of the Thenardiers. Little did she know how poorly the Thenardiers would treat Cosette. The Thenardiers make Fantine believe that her daughter is seriously ill just to make money.
The Thenardiers horribly abuse Cosette and treat her like a servant. Cosette is especially scared of Madame Thenardier.
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The Thenardiers force Cosette to collect water late at night, which terrifies Cosette. On Christmas Eve, Valjean meets Cosette for the first time. It was during one of those times when the Thenardiers sent Cosette into the woods to collect water from the well. Cosette is eight at the time and Valjean cannot believe that this is the little girl that he was looking for.
A couple scenes back, Valjean promises to her dying mother that he would raise Cosette as his daughter. Valjean learns the truth about Cosette and cannot believe the abuse that Cosette had to face. Valjean had to buy Cosette away from the Thenardiers, but they try to make Valjean believe that Cosette is in good hands with them, but Valjean knows the truth.
Cosette finally gets the freedom she wants and Valjean becomes a loving father to her. Both Valjean and Cosette are both broken and have never found love before and they help heal each other. She is living with a loving father. Cosette is very protective and sheltered, which makes sense because Valjean is always on the run from Javert.
This makes raising Cosette quite difficult at times. One day in the street, a law student named Marius bumps into Cosette and automatically falls in love with her and the same thing happens to her.
Eponine is also in love with Marius and she is now living in extreme poverty and has become a part of the criminal world. The two girls lives have literally switched places. Cosette is quite curious and demands to know the past of her adopted father and her mother, but Valjean is not willing to tell her.
She is even charitable, which she learned through Valjean. The relationship between Valjean and Cosette is quite special.