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The Count of Monte Cristo

A Presentation on Genre Study
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Muhammad Patel

on 24 November 2011

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The Count Of Monte Cristo
(Le Comte de Monte-Cristo This novel is an example of a cross-genre
This is a term used in fiction and media that refers to the blending of themes from two or more genres Genre Action/Adventure Genre The action/adventure genre has many appealing aspects to it:

A hero is present

A villain opposes the hero

Filled with action

The tale starts slow, but the pacing always builds toward the middle and end

Violence is key element

Varied settings In this epic tale we see many genres including but not limited to:
Action/adventure
Romance Romance Genre Alexandre Dumas Born in 1802 in France to a father of military background

Best known for The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo

Overall literary output reached over 277 volumes,but his brilliant historical novels made him the most universally read of all French novelists

Declared he "elevated history to the dignity of the novel" by means of love affairs,intrigues,imprisonments, hairbreadth escapes and duels Fun Fact The Chateau de Monte Cristo was built by Alexandre Dumas at the height of his fame in 1844

The family coat of arms is carved on the pediment, along with Dumas' personal motto: "I love those who love me."

Was his residence from 1844 to 1848, when he had to sell it to repay his creditors Bibliography "The Count of Monte Cristo." Shmoop: Study Guides Teacher Resources. Web. 17 Apr. 2011.

<http://www.shmoop.com/count-of-monte-cristo/>.
"Alexandre Dumas and the Château of Monte-Cristo." Everything French. Web. 17 Apr. 2011. <http://everything-french.blogspot.com/2009/05/alexandre-dumas-and-chateau-of-monte.html>.

Teel, Katherine. "Historical Fiction Genre Characteristics | EHow.com." EHow | How to Videos, Articles More - Trusted Advice for the Curious Life | EHow.com. Web. 16 Apr. 2011. <http://www.ehow.com/facts_5262700_historical-fiction-genre-characteristics.html>.

Http://ezinearticles.com/?A-Closer-Look-at-Cross-Genre-Adventure-Writingid=567958. Web. Historical Romance Historical romance is set before World War II

Evokes the past as a source of value and meaning, that place where life was more concrete, vivid, adventuresome and, well, 'romantic'

Romance tends to be more allegorical than realist fiction can be, to dramatize elemental forces, psychological undercurrents, and conflicts on the battlefield of the human heart and soul.

It is more subversive, more revolutionary, more bipolar (good/evil, etc.), more allegorical, more symbolic, more evocative, more open to magic, the effects of atmosphere, and the strange Inspiration The theme of revenge in Dumant's novel is inspired by true events which he found in a memoir.

The book was compiled by a French police archivist named Jacques Peuchet and was published after his death in 1838

Peuchet related the tale of a shoemaker named Pierre Picaud, who was living in Nîmes in 1807. Picaud had been engaged to marry a rich woman, but three jealous friends falsely accused him of being a spy for England.

He was imprisoned for seven years. During his imprisonment a dying fellow prisoner bequeathed him a treasure hidden in Milan. Picaud was released in 1814.

He took possession of the treasure and returned under another name to Paris. Picaud spent ten years plotting his successful revenge against his former friends Summary The novel begins with arrival of a ship in Marseilles, France. One of the crew is a young sailor named Edmond Dantès. Edmond is promoted to captian and is to be married to the love of his life(Mercédès).

His "friends" Baron Danglars and Fernand Mondego become jealous of his successful life and plot against him. He falls victim to their plans and is imprisoned. His pleas of innocence are unheard and he passes a decade and a half in jail.

He meets Abbé Faria as the elderly priest tries digging a tunnel. Dantès is taught how to fight and numerous languages and arts. After earning his mentor's trust, he is given the whereabouts of treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo. The two begin digging a tunnel with the hope of escaping. Faria collapses and dies and Dantès replaces him in the body bag.

He escapes the prison and becomes a sumggler. After 3 years he begins searching for the treasure and meets his former boss whose company has become bankrupt. He plays the divine role of being the benefactor of his boss and now begins to plan revenge.

He cleverly takes on the title of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and uses his wealth to influence others in his plan to inflict pain on the ones who caused him harm. Danlars becomes mad and Mondego commits suicide after the Count releases controversial and horrendous acts commited by Mondego to the Turks and Greeks. Class Activity To see if you'all were awake during the presntation, try answering the following questions. Prizes will be distributed for the most accurate answers.

What was the name of the author?
Where does the novel start off? (be specific, include city AND country)
What was the name of the protagonist's sweetheart?
What is the name of the antagonist?
What is the name of the novel?
Does the theme vengeance mean anything in this novel? By Muhammad Patel Is currently located on Port-Marly hill, between Marly-le-Roi and Saint-Germain-en-Laye and is a favoured tourist attraction in France Character List Edmond Dantes - the protagonist (later known as "The Count of Monte Cristo)
Baron Danglars - one of the antagonists
Fernand Mondego - the second antagonist (later known as "Count de Morcerf" marries Edmond's fiancée Mercédès
Mercédès - Edmond's sweetheart and fiancée who becomes "Madame Morcerf"
Abbé Faria - Edmond's mentor and prisonmate
Monsieur Morrel - Edmonds boss and at a later stage his beneficiary Major Characters On handout
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