Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

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What is the relationship between sacrifice and love in Les Miserables?

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Another example of the relationship between love and self-sacrifice seen in Les Miserables involves Eponine, Marius, and Cosette. Marius instantly falls in love with Cosette when he sees her; however, it turns out to be a bit of a missed connection because Valjean takes her to another house. On the other hand, Eponine is in love with Marius as well, but it is not reciprocal. Not only does Eponine give Marius Cosette's address, but once Marius is able to locate Cosette, he is told that her and her father are leaving for England, and Marius rushes in order to get permission to marry her. However, when he returns to her house, she is gone. He then goes to the barricade with Eponine to try and find Javert, where Marius is shot at, and Eponine protects him, dying herself. However, as she dies, she...

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