I decided to combine these two characters together. They tend to get underappreciated by fans for the most absurd of reasons. A lot of it comes from the fact that they are part of a love triangle. Raoul gets hated because people think that Christine should have ended up with the Phantom. Marius gets hated because they think he is a jerk and that he should of ended up with Eponine. I decided to explain in this post why they are not what people think they are.
First up is Raoul. He falls in love with Christine. He is such a wonderful person. He is the better pick for Christine because he treats her better than the Phantom. He spends the show trying to protect her. He knows the Phantom is dangerous because the Phantom is quite violent and destructive. Christine and Raoul truly love each other. Here’s the thing if Raoul and Christine didn’t end up together, the love triangle would not have been as effective. All Raoul wants to do is protect Christine from any harm.
In the case of Marius, he isn’t a jerk. Eponine fell in love with him because of the kindness he shows her. Just because he is oblivious to Eponine’s love for him doesn’t make him a jerk. He has a lot going in his life at the moment so I don’t blame him for not knowing. Marius is one of the revolutionaries, has a political conflict going on with his grandfather and being in love for the first time so he has a lot going on. Plus Eponine never told him she loves him.
Marius is caring, sweet, a bit awkward and capable of loads of compassion and bravery. He doesn’t deserve all the hate he gets. He and Cosette make such an adorable couple. I understand that they have to be together. Cosette represents hope and light so the two had to be together.
If Marius was actually a jerk, both Eponine and Cosette wouldn’t have fallen in love with him. He never is a jerk to Eponine even though he asks her to find Cosette for him. He truly cares about Eponine. He knows how dark her life is. Even at the barricade when he asks her to deliver the letter for him, he isn’t doing it out of selfish intentions. He only did in order to protect her because he didn’t want her to get hurt.
Even though Eponine came back, he shows her an incredible act of compassion. She gets shot and after Marius finds out she got shot after she collapsed in his arms, he realized she was dying. This totally devastates Marius and that shows that he always worried about Eponine and that he did value their friendship. But he decides to comfort and hold her while she dies. That to me is showing her compassion and he tried to stay brave throughout the entire scene. Even though he couldn’t protect her, at least he decided to be with her until she dies. The line he says after she dies is “her name was Eponine. Her life was cold and dark, yet she was unafraid”. Those lines really say that he did know her life was quite dark.
Marius almost didn’t survive the revolution but was saved by Jean Valjean because his adopted daughter loves him and that helps bring hope to this tragic tale. He was the only survivor on the barricade and that that is what makes him go through a lot of trauma. I just don’t understand the hate that Marius gets. I am learning to love Marius more and more as time goes on. Of all the characters who don’t die, Marius is my favorite character.