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THEMATIC ANALYSIS OF ALEXANDRE DUMAS’ “THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO” BOOK AND KEVIN REYNOLDS’ “THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO” 2002 FILM

Feb. 14, 2013

De Guzman, Dollie
Tarnate, Julia
Zamora, Sunshine

CHAPTER I
THE PROBLEM

“The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of western civilization’s literature as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah’s Flood, and the story of little red riding hood.”- Luc Sante

Classic novels are literature with a great significance that have withstood the test of time and remained popular years after their publication. A Classic novel usually contains some kind of widespread, universal appeal that results in it being read and embraced by a wide audience of diverse people. Usually, it also contains some unique artistic quality, be it a brilliant storyline or an engaging writing style that sets it apart from other works of literature. (http://m.wisegeek.com/what-are-classic-novel.htm)

The Count of Monte Cristo, also known as “Le Comte de Monte Cristo”, is a Classic novel written by Alexandre Dumas (père) in collaboration with Auguste Maquet. This literary masterpiece was completed in the year 1844 in France with some interesting themes like Love, justice, vengeance and forgiveness.

Adventure, Romantic novel, moralistic tales are some of the Genre of the story that made it timeless.

This novel is considered a historical novel. Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo covers French societal customs of the period. It was completely possible that a political prisoner should be forgotten in prison, though political prisoners normally stayed for a year. Another feature of 19th century post-Napoleonic society that Dumas illustrates is the humble origins of many of the most influential persons of Parisien society. Politics, therefore, play a significant role in the novel, particularly in branding certain characters good or bad. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Count_of_Monte_Cristo)

In the book, Dumas tells of the 1815 return of Napoleon I, and alludes to contemporary events when the governor at the Château d'If is promoted to a position at the castle of Ham. The attitude of Dumas towards "bonapartisme" was conflicted. His father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas,a Haitian of mixed descent, became a successful general during the French Revolution. When new racial-discrimination laws were applied in 1802, the general was dismissed from the army and became profoundly bitter toward Napoleon. In 1840 the ashes of Napoleon I was brought to France and became an object of veneration in the church of Les Invalides, renewing popular patriotic support for the Bonaparte family. In "Causeries" (1860), Dumas published a short paper, "État civil du Comte de Monte-Cristo", on the genesis of the Count of Monte-Cristo.It appears that Dumas had close contacts with members of the Bonaparte family while living in Florence in 1841. In 1840 Louis Napoleon was sentenced to life in prison, but escaped in disguise in 1846, while Dumas's novel was a great success. Just in the manner of Dantès, Louis Napoleon reappeared in Paris as a powerful and enigmatic man of the world. In 1848, however, Dumas did not vote for Louis Napoleon. The novel may have contributed, against the will of the writer, to the victory of the future Napoleon III. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Count_of_Monte_Cristo#Historical_background)

Many people were so in to the story and made some interpretations of it by using technology. Some made a TV series that is based on the novel; some made a script for a play; some made sequels and some adapted it to make a movie. But, there is one outstanding adaptation. That is “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2002 film) Directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is the tenth adaptation of the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas (père) and stars Richard Harris, James Caviezel, Dagmara Dominczyk, Guy Pearce, and Luis...
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