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Alexandre Dumas and His Literary Works/ Romanticism Literary Time Period

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Transcript of Alexandre Dumas and His Literary Works/ Romanticism Literary Time Period

is a style of art, literature, and philosophical movement during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that emphasized imagination and emotions. It is an appreciation of external nature, an interest in the remote, a predilection for melancholy, and the use in poetry of older verse forms.
Alexandre Dumas' Early Life
Born on July 24, 1802 in Villers-Cotterets, France, to Marie Louise Labouret and General Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie.
The Dumas name came from Alexandre's grandmother. She was an enslaved Haitian woman named Marie-Cesette.
As a child, Dumas played outside. This is a rare sight for today's adolescents.
Dumas was a fencer
His mother decided to send him to the local seminary to train for the priesthood. Dumas ran away to live in the woods until his mother gave up the idea.
His father was a general in the army; that is what his action/adventure novels are based off of.
In the beginning....
Romanticism began in 1770 in France and Germany. It quickly swept through all of Europe, the United States, and Latin America. This time period had a huge influence on art, literature, and music. It also had one of the largest impacts on historiography, which is the study of historical writing. The era ended in 1848, but still has an affect on writing today.
Romanticism Era
Alexandre Dumas

Find the creepy thing in this picture :/
Dumas' Inspiration for
After Dumas' father died, he wanted to get in touch with his dad's friends. Through that, he became very skilled with his penmanship. Of course he knew this and had plans to put his skill to use. Dumas always said, "I promise that someday I shall live by my pen," and he did.
Writing Career
In 1822, Dumas moved to Paris and dedicated himself to literature. He began to write plays, comedies and dramas. Dumas' romantic style was very popular. He was a great writer of essays, short stories, novels, and travelogues. He achieved success with the novels
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Three Musketeers.
Writing Career
With the money that Dumas earned with his novels, he purchased land and built the Chateau de Monte Cristo in Port Marly, Yvelines, France. This home was meant to be a sanctuary for Dumas. Before debt overtook him, forcing him to sell it, he spent most of his time writing in his sanctuary. He fled to Belgium in 1851, and then to Russia to dodge creditors. Dumas did not stop publishing books, including travel books on Russia during his period of exile.
Personal Life
Dumas had a son with Marie Laure Catherine Labay. He was also named Alexandre, and followed in Dumas' literary footsteps. In 1840, Dumas married actress Ida Ferrier, but continued his affair with many other women. He had at least one daughter named Marie Alexandrine. He had affairs with women who were much younger than him when he got older. #PLAYAH
Romanticism in
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
was published in 1844, making it one of the last books to be published in the Romanticism Era.(1770-1848)
Romantic authors like to write about certain things such as..
The natural goodness of humans
strong senses and emotions.
awe of nature
celebration of an individual.
importance of imagination.
Romanticism Point #3
Romanticism Point #2
The second thing about authors of the Romanticism Era is that they were in awe of nature. They looked for the beauty in everything.
On page 82, "The big gray clouds rolled
off westward and soon a long reddish streak appeared on the eastern horizon. Light suddenly touched the waves and turned their foamy crests into golden plumes. Daylight had come."
We still
love you
Prepare for the accent, I didn't understand him the first time.
Authors of the Romanticism Era tended to believe in the natural goodness of humans regardless of how urban life has treated them. This is an example of how the authors conveyed these thoughts into their stories:
On page 378 in
The Count of Monte Cristo:
"...but I've seen the man I loved ready to become the murderer of my son."

This says that regardless of the way The Count of Monte Cristo acts, Mercedes knows that he is still Edmond. Naive, innocent, and caring Edmond Dantès. She knows that he is still good inside, and so she plays on that card. Of course, she would've gotten her wish had the duel not been canceled. The fact that Monte Cristo was willing to give his life as not to take the life of another, says that Edmond is still there.

Dumas was a brilliant writer who incorporated the aspect of Romanticism into his stories. From the first story that came from him to the last, Dumas kept pursuing his passion, even when in debt and in exile. In the Count of Monte Cristo, the author creates many themes about love, happiness, God, and so many others. Just learning about Dumas' life proves to be a theme. Even in your hardships, work towards that goal that you can see ahead of you. Dumas certainly showed this theme by writing his stories even in the roughest of times, and we can definitely learn from that, not just his story themes. Thanks for paying attention (hopefully)!

---Catherine, Elena, and Tara

Sorry if we pronounce our French incorrectly!

This quote is quite descriptive of something most people today take for granted. The time Dumas put into describing a sunrise, tells us that he wanted us to imagine this sunrise. He wanted us to see it.
Catherine T. Elena G. Tara M.
Project- Works Cited
21 August 2014

Works Cited
" A Brief Guide to Romanticism."
Academy of American Poets,
n.d. Web. 21 August 2014.
"Alexandre Dumas-Biography."
A&E Networks Television, n.d.
Web. 21 August 2014.
Dumas, Alexandre.
The Count of Monte Cristo
. New York: Bantam Dell,
1956. Print.
"Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie."
A&E Networks Television,
2014. Web. 21 August 2014.
Riess, Tom. "Alexandre Dumas."
Harvard Magazine.com
n.p.,n.d. Web.
21 August 2014.
Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 21
August 2014.
Shmoop Editorial Team. " The Count of Monte Cristo Quotes."
. Shmoop University, Inc. 11 November 2008. Web.
21 August 2014.
"What Are the Six Main Characteristics of Romantic Literature?-
Homework Help."
Enotes.com, n.d. Web. 21
August 2014.

Romanticism Point #1
One aspect of the Romanticism Era is that the authors liked to include strong emotions. They may not always state it by strong punctuation; it may be done through a characters glare or something else.
On page three Danglars said, " casting Dantès a glance full of hatred, "he's young and he has no doubts about anything. As soon as the captain was dead he took command without consulting anyone, and he made us lose a day and a half at the Isle of Elba instead of coming back to Marseilles."
This quote blatantly states that Danglars doesn't like Dantès. It hints towards the conflict that happens later in the novel.
Catherine T.
Elena G.
Tara M.
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