How Change Affects Life

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Shane Thompson
Honors Essay
Language Arts

Have you ever had a change of some sort forced upon you? Did it have an affect on you or your life? Well, the main theme that can be taken from both, The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) and Ender’s Shadow (Orson Scott Card), is that when a change is forced upon a person it will have an affect on the course of the world, not just the person the change was forced upon. Or as Isaac Newton would refer to this process, “Each and every action has an equal and opposite reaction” (Newton’s 3rd Law). The people that were on the short end of the stick in this theory were Ender, Bean, and Edmond Dantes (Count of Monte Cristo). Three characters from two books that couldn’t be any different except for the common theme: A battle against aliens in space with the human race understanding how to control gravity and a common man that is betrayed in France. Both of them in times so far apart in opposite directions it is impossible for us, let alone the characters in the books to comprehend a world could exist like it does in the opposite’s book. Yet the common fact that remains between them is that when a change is forced upon a person it will no doubt have an affect on something on the world.

In the Count of Monte Cristo, Edmond Dantes is framed as an agent of a Bonapartist faction by a jealous rival. The changes forced upon him cause him to see life from a different view. For example, when he is in jail sitting in his cell, depressed and sad, he says to himself, “ “I will die” and he had chosen his mode of death. He had weighed the matter well, but, being afraid he would go back on his resolution, he had sworn to himself that he would starve himself to death” (pg.80, Dumas). This shows quite obviously that the changes forced upon him possessed a depressive factor. It also shows that the changes forced upon him pushed him to what he thought was the limit and he was giving up on life itself. Another example...
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