Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

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How do Valjean, Javert, the supervisor, the Thenardiers, and Fantine contribute to Fantine's death?

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I'm going to go in chronological order to show the plot development that leads to Fantine's death.

First, Fantine makes a poor decision to trust herself to the student Felix Tholomyes.  She behaves rashly, and so has a daughter out of wedlock.  This immediately makes a hard life for her.  Then she chooses badly when picking the Thenardiers to care for her child.  She picks too quickly and ends up with money hungry and devious people, leading to more difficulty.

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