Fantine became an archetype of self-abnegation and devoted motherhood. He filled my days with endless wonder. Valjean then walks to Fantine, whispers to her and kisses her hand. Fantine's only will to live is keeping Cosette alive. Yet Eponine is submerged in the criminal element and only escapes drowning in it through her own high spirits and courage born of necessity.
Both of them used to go and watch plays when they were children. The revulsion he experiences at this act shows him that he is a changed man; he feels an enormous amount of guilt, and realizes that he can no longer live a life of crime. When they meet again years later, Fauchelevent returns the favor by hiding Valjean and Cosette in a convent. From selling parts of her body, she moves on to just plain old selling her body—and then it's all over. She is so stubborn when it comes to her beliefs that even though she may be doing the right thing for her brother and culture, several people, including herself, lose their lives in this conflict. Cosette spends the early years of her life in an atmosphere of abuse and intimidation, making her a fearful, timid child.
These women encountered two ghosts who were also looking for love and affection and helped them realize that they were loved too. Type of Character Character Description Protagonist The protagonist is most typically the main character in the story. This is just one of the many striking examples of legal injustice in the novel. However, tragedy stuck: the French Revolution destroyed his family's prestige and power, forcing him to flee his home. Blinded by greed, Thénardier is incapable of loving other human beings and spends every minute in pursuit of money. The Bishop of Digne: He gives shelter to Valjean after his release from prison.
Because of the terrible stigma against unmarried motherhood, she can only earn a living for herself and her daughter by doing the unthinkable: leaving her daughter with strangers. For Marius to inherit a title, which had been given by someone Gillenormand views as an upstart imposter is the most unbearable of insults. So the little girl grows up, deprived of love, given only enough to food and clothing to sustain her life. Hugo alludes repeatedly to religious influences and to the presence of God in the life of Valjean. The only luxury that he has retained from a more comfortable past are a few silver pieces: six knives and forks, a soup ladle, and two candlesticks. He has plenty of reasons to hate society and to make his living in a criminal way.
During a January evening, a dandy called heckles her and shoves snow down the back of her dress when she ignores him. She is a strong and brazen character who stood up for what she believed in, honoring the dead and remaining loyal to her family name. The experience leaves him with a lingering impression of horror and doubts about the social order. She has absolutely no recourse to make him take responsibility for their infant daughter. To buy the skirt herself, Fantine has her hair cut off and sold. Eager to visit an isolated parish village, he ventures alone into the mountains where the bandit Cravatte has his hideout. He spends the rest of his life trying to keep her safe, while continuously being pursued by Inspector Javert who would arrest him for breaking his parole.
The factory workers confess that Fantine has a child and demands that she be fired. She cannot find work, and she has been forced to sell all of her fine possessions to pay off her debts. And Marius watched his friends die. One might imagine that these experiences would have made him a hardened man, callous and unfeeling. Exile, his wife's death, the destruction of the ancient order, perhaps some private grief, turned M.
Her saintliness is entirely the perceptions of others. Antigone is taken into custody by the King and does not deny what she has done. The narrator portrays Fantine as emblematic of social wretchedness, especially as it relates to women, and especially when it results from lack of compassion in society. At the beginning of the novel, Jean Valjean has been transformed into a bitter man by nineteen years of cruel and inhumane treatment on the galleys. Humble with the underprivileged, M. He will steal from other thieves, but his vandalism is often committed to the benefit of others in need. A number of stories are told about Myriel.
Her overworking causes her to become sick with a cough and fever. He lies down on a park bench. Well, don't worry—even that's going to get taken away from her. It makes a statement or asks a question. The brief, bitter, blasted life of Fantine epitomizes the ghastly story of the persecuted, perishing Fantines of modern society in every land in Christendom.