January 19, 2014
Pages in Book: 531
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo was written by Alexandre Dumas. It was first published in 1844. More recently, it was published by Bantam Dell in 1956 in New York, New York. The book I read was translated by Lowell Bair. The story takes place in the 1800s in France, Italy and on the Island of Monte Cristo. The setting is during the period in France when Napoleon Bonaparte returns to power after being exiled to the Island of Elba, called the Hundred Days, and after, when King Louis XVIII returns to power for the second time. At that point, Napoleon is exiled to the island of Saint Helena. Major Characters
(Note: There is not much physical description of the characters in the book). The protagonist of the story is Edmond Dantes. Dantes takes on many aliases throughout the book, including: Count of Monte Cristo, Sinbad the Sailor, Abbe Busoni, Lord Wilmore, and a chief banking clerk at Thomson and French. When the story begins, Dantes is a young sailor who sales for Pierre Morrel on the ship called the Pharoan. He is liked by everybody, and is a well respected sailor, and intends to marry a beautiful girl named Mercedes. Later in the book, after he is betrayed by his friends, he becomes the Count of Monte Cristo and plays the various aliases, looking for retribution. As the Count, he is vengeful and calculating, and takes matters into his own hands, but he is also generous. He sees himself as an angel of God, deciding who will be rewarded and who will be destroyed. He says to one of his former friends, “God gives me strength to subdue wild beasts like you. I act in the name of God.” (p.337) The book describes him as tall and thin with dark eyes and long dark hair. Gerard de Villefort is a prosecutor who sentences Dantes to prison at the Chateau d’If under the court of law. Villefort originally told Dantes that he would not be jailed, but later changed his mind for political reasons. Villefort thinks very highly of himself and his reputation. He turns against his father, Noitier, who is a Bonapartist and was in communication with Napoleon Bonaparte. Pierre Morrel is the owner of the Pharoan, the ship that Dantes sails. Pierre Morrel is very fond of Dantes and is kind and generous to Dantes and Dantes’ father. Pierre Morrel is considered a good gentleman, honest, honorable and fair. He is very close to his family. Maximilien Morrel, the son of Pierre, is also a very good man. Dantes considers him a son. He is a captain in the army. The Count mentors Maximilien, taking him under his wing, and looks after him financially and helps with his love life. The reason for this is not only that Maximilien is an honest and reputable man, but that Dantes appreciated what the older Morrel had done for him when he was younger, and wanted to repay this. Fernand Mondego/Count of Morcerf was seen as a friendly rival to Dantes, but a more serious rival to the Count of Monte Cristo. Fernand was the cousin of Mercedes, who Dantes loved and was getting ready to marry. Fernand also loved Mercedes. After Dantes was sent to prison, Mercedes waited for Dantes, but when she thought he was dead, she married Fernand. Fernand became a military man and acquired much wealth. Fernand has a son, Albert. Fernand was greedy and unjust. He betrayed his benefactor, Ali Pasha, in the war. Mercedes Mondego was a beautiful young woman who loved Dantes, and intended to marry him. Mercedes cared for Dantes’ father while Dantes was imprisoned. She is kind. While she was married to Fernand, she still loved Dantes and thought about him often. She was very close to her son, Albert. Albert de Morcerf at first seems like a spoiled, wealthy kid, getting in trouble in Italy. He is a good friend of the Count of Monte Cristo, and the Count thinks highly of him. However, he challenges the Count of Monte Cristo to a duel because he thinks the Count caused the downfall of...
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