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The Count of Monte Cristo

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Transcript of The Count of Monte Cristo

Edmond Dantes
- main character; Dantes changes drastically throughout the book. He is originally innocent, compassionate, forgiving, oblivious, and honorable. Through a series of unfair and unfortunate events he becomes bitter, unattached, cunning, and vengeful. He is later identified as the mysterious and unknown man, Monte Cristo.

Mercedes
- The lovestruck, considerate, beautiful, and timid fiance of Edmond Dantes.

Characters and Characterization
Summary
Edmond Dantes is a young, successful sailor with a promising future and a beautiful fiance, Mercedes. Upon his honorable return home from sea, he unknowingly acquires three jealous enemies: Baron Danglars, Caderousse, and Fernand Mondego. They compose a false letter accusing him of being a part of a Bonapartist plot and he is wrongfully put jail and forgotten by Monsieur de Villefort. Danglars becomes captain of the Pharaon and Fernand marries Mercedes. While in prison, he befriends a fellow inmate named Abbe Faria and is told of the immense treasure on the Isle of Monte Cristo. When Abbe Faria passes away, Dantes escapes in his body bag and plans for revenge. Dantes is now the rich Count of Monte Cristo. He practices the virtue of patience and spends the next ten years learning the details of his enemies, using it against them and ruining their lives.
The Count finds that Fernand had sold the Greek City to the Turks and sold Ali Pasha and her daughter, Haydee, into slavery. His military treachery is revealed to Paris and he is ruined. His wife and son flee, and he kills himself.
The Count destroys Monsieur de Villefort by introducing the son he had attempted to bury after he had an affair with Madame Danglars to the court of law. His wife's treacherous deed is also exposed: she poisoned her husband's entire family to gain fortune for her son.

The Count finds that Caderousse is still a poor man and gives him a diamond to promote a slow punishment. Caderousse ends up murdering a jeweler, the jeweler's wife, and is sent to prison. The Count helps him out of prison but Caderousse then attempts to rob the Count and is murdered by his accomplice. As he is dying, the Count whispers his true identity to Caderousse.
The Count ruins Danglars when he arranges a failed enterprise between them and Danglars attempts to flee to Italy. Monte Cristo's bandits follow him and destroy him financially by holding him captive and requiring him to pay large sums of money to survive on a miniscule amount of food.
The Count of Monte Cristo's quest of slow revenge is complete and he has one last meeting with Mercedes. Her son has left to join the army and Mercedes chooses to live a life of prayer in a convent. He leaves on a ship along with Haydee, his new love.

Setting
The setting of this story takes place in a number of locations. The main setting for this novel is in Paris, although other key locations are in Marseilles, Greece, Monte Cristo, Constantinople, and Rome. The novel takes place during the years following the fall of Napoleon's empire, beginning in 1815 and ending in 1844.
Characters and Characterization Continued...
Baron Danglars
- A deceitful, selfish, envious, and greedy man who solely cares for his own greatness and fortune.

Caderousse
- A bitter, envious, slothful, dishonest, and dissatisfied drunkard who feels he deserves more than he has and will do anything to acquire his wants and better his position.

Fernand Mondego
- A jealous, selfish, and immoral man who is helplessly in love with the bride-to-be Mercedes.
Written by Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo
Critique
I highly enjoyed, "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. I found personal pros and cons to this classical novel and would recommend it to all readers.
PROS
CONS
The story was filled with romance, action, vengeance, justice, and thrillers. The storyline was amazing and the author did a stunning job at surprising his readers with the unexpected events in his novel. The novel aligned with true events in history. The novel allowed goodness, truth, and justice to succeed.
The large number of characters made it confusing. Every character lost something to some extent. The main character's transition from being Dantes to the Count of Monte Cristo was very confusing, and I did not initially realize they were the same person. The style of writing was confusing and somewhat complicated to comprehend.
I would recommend this novel to high school students from grades 9-12 because of its thrilling content, advanced style of writing and literature, and references to history. I really enjoyed this novel because the events were unexpected and exciting. It is a book that keeps you on your seat and leaves you tastefully satisfied. The skillful author, Alexandre Dumas, is also well-known for his classic novel, "The Three Musketeers." I highly recommend all of his books to readers because they are filled with action, suspense, shock, thrill, and romance. Dumas applies just enough of each genre in his books and it keeps his readers on edge and ready for more.
Essay
If my main character, Edmond Dantes, attended Saint Thomas Aquinas I believe he would adjust to the new environment quickly. Dantes is an easy-going, honorable, and intelligent man who is fair to those who are fair to him. He is a social person with likeable qualities, passions, and dreams. Dantes is one to pursue his dreams, work for success, and fight for justice. I think he would fit in with the students of Saint Thomas Aquinas because the people here are talented and forceful in putting in the effort to succeed. I feel like Dantes would fit in with the students because they are hard-working, genuine, and modest, like he is.
Because of the time period gap, I think Dantes would feel culturally shocked. He would be jumping centuries ahead to 2014 to find himself in a different speaking country. He went through a number of major personal changes emanating from certain circumstances and unfortunate events. Before he had gone through all the pain, betrayal, and loss, Dantes was an innocent man. After he experienced how evil people are, Dantes was hardened, but he remained driven and strong. He stayed alive, found freedom, and fought for justice. After all these personal changes, I think he would be somewhat open to the people here because of their true characteristics.
The students of Saint Thomas Aquinas are accepting toward others and get very excited when new students join the school. I think everyone would initially befriend Dantes because they would be curious about him and would feel comfortable with him because he is a social person. After the excitement dies down, I think Dantes would be befriended by kind, driven people such as everyone in this English class. He would not be with evil bullies such as Rosalyn.
Dantes would enjoy his time at Saint Thomas Aquinas because he would not be faced by major betrayal, heartache, or near death experiences. He would feel safe and open to pursue his desired career and work hard for success. I think Edmond Dantes would really enjoy Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School!
Yes, the island of Montecristo is a real place! Alexandre Dumas visited Montecristo, meaning "The Mount of Christ," in 1842 and was so impressed by its natural beauty and "smell of thyme and broom," that he made it a setting in his novel. It is now strictly controlled by the Italian government.
The Author Behind the Books...
Alexandre Dumas
was a French writer; he was born on July 24, 1802 and died on December 5, 1870. His novels were composed of the following genres: Adventure, Romance, Literature, and Fiction. Some of his most famous novels include,
The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask,
and
The Vicomte de Bragelonne.
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"I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride."
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Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
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