. . . I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live . . .
He comes from a privileged background. His family is wealthy. He has had the best of educations. As far as we know, he has not had many trials in his life. Those of you who have read the book, please chime in if you know otherwise. I plan to read the book soon, but will count on my audience for that detail.
As we have mentioned before, trials build character, and although Marius is a very sensitive character, he seems "wishy-washy". He can't decide what is most important to him in life. He wavers between dying for France and living for his first love. If it weren't for Jean Valjean, he would not have survived the battle at the barricade. Everything seems to fall in place for him without much effort on his part.