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Now that Cosette and Marius are married, Jean Valjean starts to wonder what This passage describes the relationship between the grandfather, Marius, and. Cosette is Fantine's daughter and later becomes Valjean's adopted daughter. The relationship between Valjean and Cosette is quite special. Cosette is a fictional character in the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and in the many Rescued by Jean Valjean, who raises Cosette as if she were his own , she . This news devastates them both, because it will mean the end of their relationship. The dialogue between these two virtuous lovers is as unreal as their.
Marius should forgive and forget sooner than he does. Share Share "But this happiness, now that it existed, now that it was here, what was he to do with it, he, Jean Valjean?
Should he impose himself upon this happiness? Should he treat it as belonging to him? Unquestionably, Cosette was another's; but should he, Jean Valjean retain all of Cosette that he could retain?
Should he remain the kind of father, scarcely seen, but respected, which had been hitherto? It had been just him and Cosette for such a long time and he is not used to not being with her.
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He wonders if he should be very involved in her life or not. He wonders if he should be the type of father that is not always there, but very much respected and honored.
The theme is causing internal conflict within him. This is a very important crossroads in his life because he is very old in this part of the book and does not have much life left to live.
Jean Valjean and Cosette
Share "Marius, dropping his eyelids that the tears might not fall, stepping forward and murmured between his lips which were contracted convulsively to check the sobs "Father! This is when Marius acknowledged his love of Jean Valjean by calling him father. Jean Valjean is overjoyed that Marius finally calls him his father.
Marius watches Cosette for a few nights before approaching her. 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.
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. Ironically, in a reversal of roles, when the presence of Valjean is taken away from Cosette by Marius, she acts in the same way.
She suppresses the sadness and clasps on to the happiness around her. She does not forget the loved one, she buries him in the recesses of her heart, to be brought out again when circumstances are more favorable. Youth is the smile of the future before an unknown being which is itself. It is natural for it to be happy. It seems as though it breathed hope.
Analysis of Cosette
She was not brought up to be assertive. Otherwise, she is submissive. I will explain that point later on. Cosette symbolizes life, hope, and the future. Hugo says that, "She gave to him who saw her a sensation of April and of dawn.
There was dew in her eyes. Cosette was a condensation of auroral light in womanly form. He was writing what he imagined light would be like in the form of a woman. Cosette displays many qualities of many types of light, most notably the light of love and redemption. After the death of Fantine, and Valjean's reentrance into prison, he was in danger of falling into the grasp of evil once again. The love of Cosette. She was his second redemption. It was Fantine's love for Cosette that finally redeemed her from her sins.
It is Marius's love for Cosette that became his life source. She is the rebirth of all three of these characters. And yet Cosette is not independently angelic. The redemption that Cosette offers must be reciprocal for her to have the power to redeem. Her influence is limited to the receiver's willingness to be changed. She needs love and strength to be able to give love and strength.
Of Cosette's "tranquil confidence," Hugo says that it only belonged to natures of "extreme strength or extreme weakness. What Cosette essentially is depends up who and how a person interprets her.
Cosette's submissiveness, or ability to be molded, is obvious in many scenes in the book.
She bends almost entirely to the will of her father. Symbolically, this is because she is his life, and he makes what he likes of his life. When her soul "becomes" Marius's soul, she conforms to his wants and needs because she is symbolically now his life.