In the Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas, Caderousse represents stage 1 of Kohlberg’s stage of moral development because he fears death’s punishment, damnation to hell. Caderousse fears death’s punishment when Benedetto stabs him and Caderousse quickly pleads “for mercy” (Dumas 337). Two ways to the afterlife is either heaven or hell. Caderousse, however, knows that he will go to hell for all the punishment he gives to Dantès. So instead of facing certain death, he pleads for a doctor to stay away from the damnation to hell. In the Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas, Mr. Morrel represents stage 5 of Kohlberg’s stage of moral development because when Mr. Morrel knows he taints his family’s honor, he makes an appointment that washes away his family’s dishonor. Mr. Morrel, ready to “wash away his [family’s] dishonor” with “blood” waited for the clock to strike eleven (Dumas 128). Mr. Morrel, brave enough to face death, will sacrifice his life for the honor of his family. His family means more to him than his life and emptiness will devour his body if he brings his whole family with him. In the Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas, Abbe Faria represents stage 5 of Kohlberg’s stage of moral development because Abbe Faria gives his treasure’s location to Dantès so he can carry out his revenge and vengeance on his nemeses. Abbe Faria tells Dantès that if he escapes, “he has the chance for vengeance” (Dumas 72). Dantès, who is Abbe Faria’s son of captivity, hears this great news and quickly thanks his “father” for a chance like this. This shows Abbe Faria’s decision of the right bearer of his treasure. When he finally finds Dantès, he knows that his support will help Dantès on his trail of revenge and makes him the bearer of the treasure. His help is the reason that Dantès could deliver his revenge.
In the Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas, Edmond Dantès represents stage 6 of Kohlberg’s stage of moral development because he has a well...
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