The Count of Monte Cristo By: Alexandre Dumas
Type of Literary Work: Historical Novel
This book is an example of a historical Novel. It is historically accurate, and consists of characters that could have existed in the nineteenth century.
Theme:Judgment Day comes to us all inevitably. We all pay for all evil and injustices of our life, yet sometimes there will be someone so viciously wronged, that he will return like a wrath of nature, with and unquenchable thirst for vengeance. Such a vendetta is the building block for the theme of this novel. The Count of Monte Cristo is that wrath of vengeance that crushes those who plotted his demise.
Fernand Mondego and Danglars both wronged Dantes, and both were motivated by envy. Both men were filled with jealousy and never thought of the consequences of their actions. Villefort disposes of Dantes because of ambition. He would stop at nothing to climb the aristocratic ladder. Finally, Caderousse, a man that is simply ill natured, helped in the destruction of Dantes> None of these men could fathom how costly the price of these injustices would be.
The actions and painful consequences exemplify the novel's theme. Injustice toward the innocent for ignoble motives such as envy and jealousy will eventually be avenged severely. Live a life of virtue, not of vice, sot that one will not prosper in vain as did the villains of this novel.
Setting:France in the nineteenth century is a nation teeming with turmoil. Those loyal to Napoleon feud with those loyal to the French monarchy and Kink Louis. We are moved across this nation in this novel, and begin in a small port city in southern France, Marseilles.
Marseilles is where the characters are introduced, and where the conflict first. We quickly proceed to an island that harbors a prison infamous for nearly impossible escape, and sheer brutality, the Chateau d'If . The novel places the characters in the dungeon, giving a sense of hopeless despair, yet from there we move on.
After a short stay in Rome at the time of the Carnival, we are settled in Paris. Here most of the plot is developed. The novel finally concludes in the Isle of Monte Cristo.
Basic Plot:The Pharon, a three masted ship is docked by a young, skillful, promising young sailor by the name of Edmond Dantes. When the ships owner, Monsieur Morrel, learns that the ship's admired captain passed away, he promoted Edmond to the position of captain. This young man, in love with his fiancée, Mercedes, and with a promising career as captain, has everything going for him. His good fortune, however, brings about jealousy. Danglars is green with envy over Dantes promotion. Fernand Mondego is jealous of the love Mercedes and Dantes have for each other. Caderousse is simply a avaricious, ill-natured man. Finally, we have the public prosecutor, Villefort. He ;learns that Dantes is carrying a letter to Villefort's father who is a Bonapartist. In fear that this letter might hurt his position, he throws Dantes into the weary depths of the Chateau d'If. Justification for this action comes by the means of Fernand, Danglars, and Caderousse. They lie, claiming Dantes was a Bonapartist. For years Dantes is brought to lonely depth of despair in prison. He hardly keeps his sanity, and becomes suicidal. His sinking heart is resurrected with the sound of a fellow prisoner burrowing. He too digs, and meets the wise old Abbe Faria. Through the wise Abbe, Dantes learns a wide variety of subjects and becomes a thoroughly learned individual.
The two plan an escape, but shortly before the completion of their plan, the old Abbe dies, but not before revealing the whereabouts of a hidden fortune.
The death of the Abbe became Dantes ticket to freedom. He hide in the burial sack meant for the Abbe, and is thrown into the shadowy depths of the ocean. After nearly drowning, Dantes breaks free, and is rescued by a ship of smugglers.
Dantes works for the smugglers until...
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