Edmond Dantes, at the end of his journey, is not found in the situation he previously intended for himself. Instead, after failing to achieve his initial goals, he is found in a new relationship with Haydee. In The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas shows, through Dantes’ journey, that a person’s efforts do not always deal the intended outcomes, and often cause unintended consequences.
Dantes is faced with a tragedy that ruins the prosperous life he had with his love, Mercedes. During his time in prison, he is taught much about life by a priest named Abbe Faria. He also leaves him a vast fortune located on the island of Monte Cristo (from which he assumes the name of his alter ego, the Count of Monte Cristo). Unintentionally, Faria sparked the desire in Dantes for vengeance. Dantes believes that if justice is exacted on those who wronged him, than he can return to the life he had with Mercedes. Faria told him he regrets what he has taught Dantes, and when Dantes questions it, he replies, “Because it has instilled a new passion in your heart-that of vengeance” (Count of Monte Cristo, p. 194). Faria is a brilliant man, yet his did not mean to create this desire for vengeance in Dantes. Through this situation, Dumas shows the reader that actions often deal unintended consequences. This foreshadows the future actions of Dantes that go without the aspired outcomes. When Faria dies, Dantes loses the only person left in his life, and thus becomes a cold shell of the man he used to be. It is said that “Dantès loses the capacity to feel any emotion other than hatred for those who have harmed him and gratitude toward those who have tried to help him” (SparkNotes). Dantes is left with a void in his life, and looks to recreate the past in which he was happy to fill it.
Dantes, in his effort to bring him back with the woman he loved, takes vengeance upon his wrongdoers, one of them being Danglars. He takes all his money from him as a result of Danglars’ own pride, and...
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