Dumas foreshadows the upcoming calamity by emphasizing Dantès’ feelings towards his good fortune. For example, “‘It seems to me everything’s going perfectly for you.’ ‘ That’s exactly what worries me,’ replied Dantès. ‘ I don’t think man was meant to attain happiness so easily.”’ (Dumas, 18) Despite his obliviousness to reality, Edmond realizes that sudden happiness cannot possibly be real. Edmond’s initial mistake is that he overlooks this reality and is in turn trusting towards the world, and by extension, his enemies. In so doing, one becomes vulnerable to the evils that prevail within this world.
Negative emotions constantly interfere with positive ones. As Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”. But what happens when hate, envy, and vengeance clash? In The Count of Monte Cristo, Dantes, blinded by malice towards his enemies, cannot acquire happiness or passion. He never fully experiences true love until he relinquishes all his hatred and vengeance and comes to appreciate the power of love.
In the beginning of the novel The Count of Monte Cristo, we meet Edmond Dantes, a young sailor who is a described as “a fine tall, slim young fellow, with black eyes, and hair as dark as a raven's wing”. In addition to his fine appearance, Dantes is also model of honesty, ability, innocence, and devotion to his loved ones. This perfect life, however, stirs up dangerous jealousy among some of his so-called “friends”: Danglars, Caderousse, and Fernand. Even though they treated Dantes despicably, he always treated them fairly and with courtesy. Still, Dantes was betrayed and incarcerated for a more than a decade due to a crime that he didn’t commit. This caused him unimaginable
By the end of the book, he had learned so much that his whole outlook on life had changed. In the beginning of his life, while he is very close to marrying Mercedes and is about to become Captain of the Pharoan, Dantes is what he believes to be happy. He is talking to Danglars and says, “I am too happy to be gay” (Dumas 18). He has no idea what absolute despair is, so he thinks that everything is always going to be like this. He is in a great position, and has never known or experienced anything bad in his life. The small things thrill him and he takes everything he can get from life. His outlook on life is completely changed once he experiences complete and utter despair in prison, and then complete bliss in his later life when he has Haydee and everything else he could ever want. He conveys this feeling in his letter to Maximillien after he has gone away forever with Haydee. He says, “there is neither happiness or unhappiness in life; there is only a comparison of one state to another” (Dumas 531). He realizes after he has lived through both extremes of despair and bliss, that it is the comparison of these two that make a person be what they would like to think as happy, when in bliss, or unhappy, when in despair. In order to really know what happiness is, people need to go through terrible times before. This is a very
The main theme that is presented within The Count of Monte Cristo is that revenge and manipulation is easily able to hurt someone, but also benefit another. In this case, Edmond Dantès takes the side of benefit and those brought underneath his vengeance had been ruined. After a plan carefully schemed by three of his false friends, Dantes was thrown into prison and placed under a situation of betrayal and resentment. This long wait in the chateau d’If had put a need for revenge into Dantès head which had transformed him into the Count of Monte Cristo. Although the Count was considered bitter and cold, his seek for revenge had only benefitted him into a more creatively malicious character. Furthermore, this manipulation that Dantès had been put
Everyday people seem change themselves in one way or another, but sometimes people change their appearance and personality to the point where those who were close to them, can not even recognize them in a crowd. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, is a story of a sailor, Edmond Dantes, who was betrayed during his prime time of his life by the jealousy of his friends. Dantes is sent to prison where he spends countless years planning an escape with the help of a fellow prisoner. The prisoner informs Dantes that he knows where a treasure is that one man can not even dream about. Dantes friend then happens to die, leaving Dantes with the information of where the treasure is.
Edmond Dantès, the main character of The Count of Monte Cristo, is an innocent and unsuspecting young man who is thrown in jail by those who were jealous of him. Once Edmond escaped, he changed his identity to the Count of Monte Cristo, and plotted a harsh revenge against his enemies. At the beginning, he said “Happiness is like one of those palaces in fairy tales whose gates guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.” (Dantes 18) He thinks that his marriage with Mercédès is too good to be true, according to his statement. As it turned out, it was, and he was put in prison for fourteen years, and it was fifteen years before he saw her again. The only thing Edmond sought after he escaped from jail was revenge. So he took
While he was successful in his goal, the pain and suffering he caused to innocent people like Edouard, the son of Villefort, and Mercédès, the wife of Fernand, throws the question of whether Dantes was really successful into doubt, as he wanted to reward the innocents and not hurt them. While Dantes was getting his vengeance on the Villeforts, he unintentionally kills Edouard. Dantes immediately regrets what he did when Dumas states, “Monte Cristo paled at the horrible sight. He realized that he had gone beyond the limits of rightful vengeance” (485). Dantes immediately feels regret for killing the innocent boy when he sees him. Dumas emphasizes this regret and sorrow even more by stating how Dantes was pale from the sight of the consequences of his actions, something that only happens when you truly feel terrified of what you’ve done. He acknowledges for the first time in the story that he was wrong in his pursuit of revenge, so he himself admits that he went too far. He realized that while he did get his revenge on the Villeforts, this was too much as Edouard never did anything besides be related by blood to them. Dantes tries to revive Edouard, but he failed to bring him back, which is the first point in the story where he fails during his quest. He punished the bad and was highly successful with that, but the suffering that he caused upon innocent people made him realized his justice was not worth it or even good. Furthermore, the death of Edouard caused Dantes to become the wrongdoer this time, as he unjustly killed a person for no reason. His original idea was to bring justice to all these criminals, but he ended up only becoming one himself and bringing more undeserved tragedy to people. After everything had happened and Dantes achieved the vengeance he wanted, he reflects on his actions when Dumas says, “Having arrived at the summit of his
In the book The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas there are many acts of betrayal against one another. Fernand is quick to betray people for his own gain; especially Edmond, which led to a harsh grudge against him. Fernand’s act of betrayal was the harshest against Edmond.
In the beginning of the story, Edmond was a cheerful and nonchalant guy with nothing to value but his position as captain of the Pharoan, friend’s loyalty, Mercedes’ love, and his father. However, after enduring 14 years of treacherous mental and physical pain had taught him to forget those things and to value something else. Now, the Count of Monte Cristo values nothing but revenge to those who betrayed him, knowledge and power, “During those hours of meditation, which flowed by like seconds, he formed a terrible resolution and swore a fearful oath…’I regret having helped you clarify your past and having told you what I did’…Because I’ve instilled in your heart a feeling that wasn’t there before: vengeance” (Dumas 58). After arriving to an epiphany that Fernand, Villefort, and Danglar
Background: In the book The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, there are incredible amounts of drama and conflict. All the conflict started when Captain Leclair died. Dantes was going to be given his position on the ship until Fernand, Villefort, and Danglars staged him for sending secret letters to Napoleon to overthrow king Henry. Claim: The punishment of the characters Danglars, Villefort, and Fernand from the book The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas were really not god 's punishment for what happened to Edmond Dantes. I think that Edmond Dantes should be held against the actions that he performed on these three characters because even though they did ruin Dantes future and force him into life imprisonment, I think that
The Story of Edmond Dantès, the Sailor, who Becomes the Rich & Powerful Count of
Being in prison 14 years Dantes met a man in the prison named Father Faria who told him that he had a big treasure on the island of The Count of Monte Cristo. They decided to escape together, but Faria was old and did not make it. Dantes still stood for the task and he escaped and got on a ship with smugglers and Dantes said take me to The Count of Monte Cristo and I will give you all 1000 francs and Dantes got the treasure on The Count of Monte Cristo and became filthy rich. Dantes said to himself that he will get revenge on the three men who put him in prison.
Edmond Dantes, the protagonist in The Count of Monte Cristo, is a man on the verge of great happiness, but that is all dramatically and irreparably ripped away. Edmond Dantes is a character who is in search of revenge for those who wronged him. A character analysis of Dantes reveals that through his characteristics, vow of revenge, the symbolism in the death of Fernand, and the symbolism in the eventual fall of Danglars, Edmond Dantes portrays the archetype of a hero in search of revenge.
In Treasure and Vengeance, Justin Kaplan speaks about The Count of Monte Cristo in the highest regard. After a brief back story on himself, he quickly transitions into connecting it with the book itself. Kaplan claims that “in a singular sense, [Edmond’s] motive was disinterested: not the means to anything else and with no purpose other than its own fulfillment” (Kaplan). This is a key aspect in Kaplan’s criticism. He adds that his “revenge, driven by the festering sense of injustice” is what drives Edmond throughout the story (Kaplan). The whole story revolves around Dantès’ dire need to get revenge on Fernand, as well as others who have crossed him. In fact, the Count himself says that “for all evils there are two remedies - time and silence” (Dumas 523). His sole mission is to retaliate against Mondego, who was the cause of his wrongful conviction. He intends to get his revenge for his own needs