Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo is a very powerful book.

So powerful in fact, that was controversial when it was first
released. The Catholic church in France condemned it
because of its powerful message it presented the reader.

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This theme was one of revenge and vengeance. Monte
Cristo had two goals- to reward those who were kind to
him and his aging father, and to punish those responsible for
his imprisonment and suffering. For the latter, he plans slow
and painful punishment. To have spent fourteen years barely
subsisting in a dungeon demands cruel and prolonged
castigation. Setting: The Count of Monte Cristo is set within
the nineteenth century of France in large and populous cities.

This was a time of great disruption. There was confusion all
over the land in regards to who led France, King Louis or
Napoleon. The citizens of France became divided by the
two ruling parties. Royalists and the Bonapartist cut at each
others throats in order to declare that their ruler was
supreme. This situation has a profound effect on the events
of the story. Dantes’ enemies used the rivalry between the
two parties in order to convince the Royalists that Edmond
is a Bonapartist, therefore it is the basis for his arrest and
inevitable captivity in the Chateau D’If.. Basic Plot: The
Count of Monte Cristo is a story about a sailor, Edmond
Dantes, who was betrayed during the prime of his life and
career by the jealousy of his friends. His shipmate, Danglars,
coveted his designation as the captain of the mighty Pharon.

Ferdinand Mondego wished to wed Mercedes, who was
affianced to Edmond. Danglars and Ferdinand wrote a letter
accusing Edmond of carrying a letter from Elba to the
Bonapartist committee in Paris. Caderousse, a neighbor,
learned of the plot but kept silent. On his wedding day
Edmond was arrested and taken before a deputy named
Villefort, a political apostate, who, to protect himself, had
Edmond secretly imprisoned in the deepest dungeons of the
Chateau D’If. There Dantes’ incarceration was secured by
the plotting of his enemies outside the prison, particularly
towards Villefort, who wished to cover up his own father’s
connections with the Bonapartists. Dantes suffered for
fourteen grueling years. While in prison, he was determined
to escape and began digging a tunnel in hopes that it would
lead to freedom. During this exercise, he met an elderly
inmate named Abbe Faria whose attempt to dig his way to
his salvation had led him only to Edmond’s cell. The two
meet daily and an incredible relationship flourished. The old
man taught Edmond history, mathematics, and languages. In
Edmond’s fourteenth year, Faria became mortally ill. The
wise elder told Edmond where to find a massive buried
fortune. When Faria finally did die, his body was placed in a
burial sac. Edmond seized the opportunity of escaping and
replaced Faria’s corpse with himself. Jailers threw the sack
into the sea which allowed Dantes to escape. He is rescued
by a passing ship which gives him a position on the boat.

After paying homage for the noble act, Dantes recovered the
buried treasure and became extremely wealthy. He returned
as the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo and dazzled all of
Paris with his extreme wealth and social graces and also he
ingeniously managed to be introduced to the cream of
French society, among who he goes unrecognized. But,
Monte Cristo, in contrariety, recognized all of his enemies,
which now are all powerful and influential men. Therefore,
he was slowly plotting the ruin of the four men who had
caused him to be sent to the Chateau D’If. Ferdinand had
married Mercedes and was now the Count de Morcef.

Monte Cristo released information to the press that proved
that Morcef is a traitor, and Morcef is ruined socially. Then
Monte Cristo destroyed Morcef’s relationship with his
family, whom he adored. When they leave him, he was so
distraught that he committed suicide. To revenge himself on
Caderousse, Monte Cristo easily trapped Caderousse
because of his voracious greed. Monte Cristo awakened this
greed with the gift of a diamond. Later, urged by his wife,
Caderousse committed robbery and murder. Now escaped
from prison, Caderousse unsuccessfully attempted to rob
Monte Cristo. The Count watched as one of Caderousse’s
companions mortally wounding him. As the man lay dying,
Monte Cristo exposed his true name- Edmond Dantes. To
revenge himself on Danglars, who loves money more than
life it self, Monte Cristo ruins him financially. To revenge
himself on Villefront, Monte Cristo slowly reveals to
Villefront that he knows about a love affair that Villefront
had long ago with Madam Danglars. He also revealed to
him, by hints, that he knows about the illegitimate child
whom he fathered, a child whom Villefront had believed to
be buried alive. The child lived, however, and was now
engaged to Mademoiselle Danglars, who is really his
half-sister. Ironically, Villefront’s wives proves to be more
villainous than her husband, for she poisons her parents and
her daughter so that her real son can have the full
inheritance. Villefront, however, discovers the plot and
Threatens to kill her if she doesn’t do it first, and so she kills
herself and her son. The Count had rescued Valentine from
a drug induced coma and reunited her with her love,
Maximilian, on the island of Monte Cristo leaving the two
young loves his entire fortune. The Count sailed off into the
sunset never to be seen again. Major Characters: Edmond
Dantes (alias the Count of Monte Cristo, Sinbad the Sailor,
Abbe Busoni, and Lord Wilmore) Edmond Dantes is the
dashing and idyllic champion of the novel. He is a sailor
who, at the prime of his life and career, is betrayed by close
friends because of their jealousy. He is imprisoned for
fourteen grueling years during his imprisonment he meets
another prisoner named Abbe Faria, who teaches Dantes
many languages, sciences, history and other subjects, they
become like father and son, and when the Abbe was about
to die, he revealed to Dantes the hiding place of a
long-secret buried treasure consisting of untold wealth,
diamond, gold coins, and other precious jewelry. After his
miraculous escape from the prison, Dantes recovers buried
treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. The rest of his life is
spent, at first, performing acts of goodness and charity for
the good people whom he has known, then he devotes his
life to brining about gods retribution against the evil people
who were responsible for his imprisonment. Monsieur De
Villefort Villefort is the type of person, as describe early in
the novel, which sacrifice anything to his ambition, even his
own father. Villefort, the prosecuting attorney, is most
responsible for the suffering of Dantes because it was he
who ordered that Edmond be sent to prison which ignited
his spark for revenge. Villefort is willing to have an innocent
man imprisoned for life. Thus, he becomes the central enemy
against whom the Count of Monte Cristo affects revenge.

Fernand Mondego (alias the Count de Morcerf) During the
time in which Edmond was a sailor, Fernand was a simple
fisherman and sometime smuggler who was in love with the
same woman whom Edmond Dantes was ingaged to.

Because of his jealousy, Fernand mailed the letter
condemning Dantes, hoping that if Dantes was arrested, he
would then be able to marry Mercedes. Fernand gained
much wealth by smuggling and by betraying the great Ali
Pasha. When all of his treachery was exposed, he discovers
that his wife and son have deserted him, thus he commits
suicide. Words
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