between4walls wrote:There are a lot of good arguments that Gavroche has to die because in his situation he doesn't have much of a future, his light-heartedness and relative innocence are only possible because he's still young. So I can't see his death as unnecessary. More importantly imo, he symbolizes Paris and its cheerful and rebellious spirit and so his being killed by the forces of order has a lot of symbolic freight.
I've always found M. Mabeuf's death more ridiculous than affecting. But he didn't have much to look forward to either.
I'm not sure there's such a thing as an unnecessary death- there are deaths that the book can't work without, but the less important deaths still serve to reinforce the themes and convey the precariousness of life among les Misérables.
Gervais wrote:It makes sense and all of the deaths definitely have their place, but I took "unnecessary" as more or less meaning "the story could continue basically as it does no matter if the character is dead or alive," so that possibly skewed my views a bit.
between4walls wrote:Your interpretation seems much more in line with what Majestic Picnob meant in the first place; I was being a bit self-indulgent and wanted to make a point re Mme T, since there was discussion of that on another thread as well.
Gervais wrote:That scene would be incredibly adorable.
I think I've seen some of those, actually. That, and somewhat older Cosette-fixes-Eponine-up fics, though those don't necessarily have an apology/forgiveness scene.Majestic_Picnob wrote:Gervais wrote:That scene would be incredibly adorable.
There seems to be this new sort of subgenre of fics where Éponine survives and moves in with Marius and Cosette. She's usually not paired with him in these, probably 'cause that'd be really awkward.
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