Why was Valjean willing to trade his life for Marius'?
- because he felt that Marius can bring Cosette more happiness as her lover than he could as a father...
Did Valjean have an obligation to do that?
- no, the promise he made to Fontine was to take care of Cosette, not Cosette's potential husband
Why, then, would Valjean do that?
- he thought he was old, and Marius had his whole life in front of him, and so it would have been a good trade if it were possible
- he wanted to give Cosette as much happiness as he possibly could
Valjean demonstrated the principle of self-sacrifice many times in his
life AFTER the encounter with the bishop. Why?
- he learned it from the bishop who sacrificed his precious belongings and lied to save Valjean
What are some principles of self-sacrifice that you could see in Valjean's
- he didn't ask for recognition
- he put Cosette's interests (having Marius) before his own (live longer)
- he wanted Cosette to be happy
- he kept a promise despite great costs
- he left the people he loved for their safety and happiness
Jesus made the greatest self-sacrifice when he died on the cross for
all of us. Are there some smaller self-sacrifices that you can make
in your life?
- talk to a classmate who has no other friends
- share your lunch with a poor student
- help a slower student with his homework
- donate some of your Christmas gifts for poor kids
Last updated: 6/24/2000