Revenge Does nNot Bring Happiness in The Count of Monte Cristo
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It is believed by many that it is human nature to deem themselves to be a tantamount to God. Such is the case when one decides to take revenge against those who wrong him. Though vengeance seems like the perfect way to achieve justice, a sense of equity, in actuality it is merely an unsatisfactory hypocritical action. This is the definitive realization of the protagonist, Edmond Dantès in Alexandre Dumas’ “The Count of Monte Cristo”. The protagonist comes to understand that after a lifetime of searching for justice, he really only yearns justice from himself. Akin to many of Alexandre Dumas’ other masterpieces, “The Count of Monte Cristo” is a dramatic tale of mystery and intrigue that paints a dazzling, dueling, exuberant vision of the…show more content…
He is being promoted as captain of the mighty “Pharaon”, and he is about to get married to the love of his life, the beautiful Mercédès, all at the young age of nineteen. Initially, Dantès is a loving man whose love is returned right back to him. Essentially, being naïve or innocent is a state of preliminary happiness. A state of innocence refers to not having been tainted or affected in any way by the harsh realities of life. Subsequently, one who is innocent is inevitably happy, therefore, such is Dantès initial state. Edmond Dantès is at the peak of his life, and like many young men he is oblivious to issues that do not concern him. He is so overjoyed by his own good fortune that it shadows any sense of awareness towards harm that may be inflicted upon him or the people that he loves.
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.