Les Mis is filled with several characters. However- two of them are disliked when they shouldn’t. Marius and Cosette are unjustly hated mainly because 1) Cosette is not that complex and 2) complain that Marius is a jerk, loves Cosette instead of Eponine and believe that he did not treat her fairly. Well, that is insane- basically, what people are saying is that all they want is for Marius and Eponine to end up together. I do not agree at all.
Look- there are certain plots in some books that if you get rid of one tiny thing the entire story falls apart. That is the case for Les Mis. It had to be Marius and Cosette. How can you call Marius a jerk? Look- he is a good and kind person. Eponine saw him that way, and that was the reason she fell in love with him. She needed him in her life because the rest of her world was filled with darkness. Marius was her only light- and the only good thing. She had to make sure he stayed a part of it.
Marius knew she lived a tough and dark life. Look at these lyrics that Marius said “her life was cold and dark”- so he did know. You can’t call Marius a jerk in “A Little Fall of Rain” or the events leading up to it. While the letter he sent Eponine away with was to Cosette, he did not do it with selfish intentions. I think he was trying to protect Eponine- he did not want her to get hurt or killed from the uprising. I think he asked why she came back when he saw her was because he was worried. Then- it happened- she collapsed in his arms. Marius became aware that Eponine was dying after seeing her gunshot wound. He was devastated, but still made the decision to stay there with her- how can anyone not see the compassion there- he was there to comfort her. He actually gave Eponine the happiest moment of her life-the fact that he was there, and that was all that mattered to her.
“A Little Fall of Rain” does say a lot about Marius- it shows his level of compassion and how much he did care about Eponine. It was at the end when he said “her name was Eponine, her life was cold and dark, yet she was unafraid”. That is how I know he knew that Eponine had a sad and dark life. If he was not a kind and sweet person- where would all of that compassion have come from. He was close friends to Eponine. Little did he know that he would eventually become the only survivor from the barricade.
Let’s look at outside of Eponine. Marius was a revolutionary and wanted to do good. His closest friend in the students was Enjolras. He had a passion for the uprising. While he was struggling between his love for Cosette and his passion for the uprising, he ultimately decided to fight. He had this incredible amount of bravery. Marius did have to fight even after losing one person important to him- it is sad to think during “A Little Fall of Rain” that he soon will lose the rest of his friends.
Yes, people don’t like Marius with Cosette. Marius’ relationship with Cosette helps bring out hope into this tragedy: at the end, all they have left is each other. It had to be Cosette since her life improved (Eponine and Cosette are mirrors of each other) and she does represent hope and light. While it appears that all Marius cares about is Cosette, that is far from the truth. He still has the passion for the uprising and still has a good friendship with Eponine. People do not like how he treated Eponine when it comes to Cosette—-but I disagree. While Marius asked Eponine to find Cosette for him, etc, that does not mean he was treating Eponine unfairly. At the barricade with the letter- that was not selfish, but selfless (he was trying to protect her, in my opinion). Marius was unaware that Eponine loved him- he loved Eponine, but as a friend more anything: you have to remember she never told him until her death. She would do anything for Marius, and she did go as far as sacrificing her life for him.
In simple terms, he is an awkward, brave, compassionate, and kind revolutionary.