Eponine's Consequences In Les Miserables

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People say that Eponine is a better match for Marius for various reasons, including their history together. What they may not realize is just how much she inadvertently ruined her chances. Although arguably a better companion for Marius, Eponine’s actions throughout Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables ultimately cause him to marry Cosette instead. The first mistake Eponine made was helping Marius find Cosette. One of the best things you can do for your significant other would be just to make them happy. However, by helping him find Cosette, Eponine’s chances to be with Marius began to dwindle. While she successfully lightened his day, Eponine guided Marius away from what she truly wanted – to be loved by him. She even distanced herself from him to make Marius look better, saying “Let me go forward, and follow me like that, without seeming to. It won’t do for a fine young man, like you, to be seen with a woman like me” (Hugo 204). To prevent his appearance from being tainted, she told Marius not to do exactly what she wanted him to do. Eponine’s second mistake was when she left a note for Jean Valjean. Upon leaving the…show more content…
For instance, she grew up with Cosette, influencing her for years during their early lives. By the Butterfly Effect (which states that any small change in the past could result in massive alterations and repercussions in the known future), Eponine could have unknowingly done something back then to change what would happen in adulthood. Another indirect action was when Marius was watching the Thenardiers through the wall and threw the note in. The note said “THE COGNES ARE HERE”, and they noticed “It is Eponine’s handwriting” (Hugo 195). By writing that note previously, she had an indirect role in Jean Valjean’s escape, leading to Cosette’s maturing and growth, which of course prompted Marius’s
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