Marius's Narcissistics

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“I want my kid to grow to be a selfish narcissist and not appreciate the challenges life presents to them,” said no parent ever. The novel Les Miserables written by Victor Hugo displays many honorable attributes through certain characters, but Marius, a youthful rebel, is not a character to look up to. As Cosette emerges into the life of Marius, he playfully acts as a victim of love. The love not only blinds Marius from who and what is truly important, but also blinds the reader as the love averts their attention from his true characteristics. Often forgotten, Marius’s personal life was in shambles before Cosette showed up, and his actions resulted in a dissatisfactory lifestyle. Unraveling his personality through the novel, Marius shows…show more content…
After a single glance across a courtyard, Marius’s obsession with Cosette commences. As Cosette leaves and with no knowledge of her location, a strong impulse spawns in Marius’s soul to search for his unknown sweetheart. Marius mentioned that “Life without Cosette means nothing at all” (Hooper), because he certainly could not survive never seeing another human being that he had seen for a solid five minutes in his life. Ever-dependable Eponine locates Cosette, and once again the love birds unite in the courtyard outside of the household of Cosette. This scene is quite romantic, as the two “fall in love after a two-minute courtship through a wrought-iron fence” ("Marius Pontmercy is a Shallow Butt-nugget – Face the Peril"). Thoughts of Cosette consume Marius’s thought process from this moment on. In the days following their “romantic” introduction, Cosette’s father, Jean Valjean, falsely believes his safety is in jeopardy due to a cryptic note he found. His first thought was for Cosette and him to migrate to the country of England. Marius, horrified, pleads with Cosette to stay saying “But this [situation] is monstrous!” (Hugo 270). The instant he finds his lover is moving far away, he doesn’t think, “At least I still have my family and friends around.” He actually thinks, “I must certainly commit suicide. My life’s purpose is gone.” Marius has a problem with making the impulse decision and not thoughtfully glancing at the big picture. He even wrote his own suicide note to Cosette reading, “I die. When you read this, my soul will be near you” (Hugo 301). Marius went from desiring to die for a cause (the French Revolution) to desiring for a teenage girl that he probably didn’t even know her eye color. Cosette didn’t create Marius’s trait of narcissism. She merely brought the
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