The Count of Monte Cristo

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The Count of Monte Cristo








THEME
Every man has his rise and his downfall. His rise can be attributed to hard work, dedication to accomplishing a set goal, or possibly even luck. Sometimes a man can become jealous at another man’s fortune and wish for his downfall. He might even try to make this wish come true in an innumerous amount of ways. At some point in a man’s life, there is his downfall. It could be a disastrous downfall or maybe just a minor setback. However, if this man is smart he will try to overcome this downfall and try to gain vengeance on those who brought this bad luck upon him. In The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmond Dantes is living a very successful life until others, who are jealous of him, bring upon his downfall in a terrible manner. When he finally recovers from this disastrous event, he becomes filthy rich and extremely powerful. He is determined to bring revenge to those who have hurt him and rewards to those who had remained faithful towards him. He ruins the lives and sometimes even the families of Monsieur de Villefort, Monsieur Danglers, Fernand Mondego, and Gaspard Caderousse.

SETTING

The Count of Monte Cristo is set in France during the ending of the Napoleonic Era, which lasted from 1979 to 1821. The Napoleonic Era was a very dangerous and disruptive time where Royalists and Bonapartists consistently fought in order to determine their ruler. Much of the action occurs in Paris and Marseilles, which are situated in France, and in Rome, Italy. Edmond Dantes spends fourteen years in his life imprisoned in the dark dungeons of the Chateau D’If and is finally liberated to live in these cities.

PLOT
The Count of Monte Cristo is a story of the rises and downfalls of men due to the jealousy and greed of others who have opposed them. Edmond Dantes was living in the prime of his life. He was about to become the captain of the Pharaon and marry Mercedes, his lovely and devoted fiancée. Everything was going good for Edmond until four men, who were jealous of the young and prosperous captain, sabotaged him. Fernand Mondego and Monsieur Danglers wrote a letter accusing Dantes of conspiracy with the Bonapartist agents in Paris. Villefort sentenced Dantes to prison in the Chateau D’If in order to cover up his father’s connections with the Bonapartists.
During the first part of Dantes’ stay in the Chateau D’If, he lost hope and therefore became suicidal. His imprisonment seemed to last forever and he decided to starve himself to death. One day he heard a scratching sound coming from a wall in his cell. His hope was renewed, for it was another prisoner trying to escape, and he decided to join the effort. Their tunnels finally combined and they, Dantes and Abbe Faria, were united. Faria then decided to educate Dantes in mathematics, languages, the sciences, and history. Faria eventually loses his life to sickness and Dantes escapes in his body bag. Dantes is thrown into the sea and is finally rescued by a ship of smugglers. They eventually deliver him to the Island of Monte Cristo, where he retrieves the treasure that was given to him by Faria.
Dantes’ first line of duty after being imprisoned for fourteen years is to find out what has happened during his stay at the Chateau D’If. He disguises himself as a priest and visits Caderouse. Caderouse, who was desperate for money at the time, exchanges his story about Dantes for an extremely valuable diamond. Here he learns of Caderouse’s indirect treason towards him. Next Dantes visits Monsieur Morrel and finds him on the verge of insanity and bankruptcy. Dantes decides to help Morrel, the man who had helped Dantes for so many years, by paying off his bills and replacing the lost Pharaon.
After helping his friend Monsieur Morrel, Dantes decides to take his revenge on those who have hurt him. He disguises himself as the extremely wealthy and dignified Count of Monte Cristo. His first target is Fernand Mondego who married his beloved Mercedes. Dantes obtained and then released information to the people that proved Fernand is a traitor. After this, Fernand loses his relationship with his family and

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