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Copy of The Count of Monte Cristo- Themes, Motifs, and Symbols

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Denise Burnham

on 22 March 2013

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Transcript of Copy of The Count of Monte Cristo- Themes, Motifs, and Symbols

The Count of Monte Cristo Themes, Motifs, and Symbols Themes Revenge Revenge is everywhere in The Count of Monte Cristo.
It is the main action for the novel and it keeps us wondering
when we're going to see the Count get his full revenge. But
did Edmond get the revenge he was looking for? Was it
worthwhile? Justice It is not a coincidence that one of the main characters is a prosecuter. Dumas wants you to think hard about justice and judgement. We see that even the most righteous characters find themselves wondering if they are on the right side of th line between good and evil. Manipulation The Count of Monte Cristo, or Edmond as he was known, must feel manipulated when he realizes why he's in prison. Same for Fernand, Dunglars, and Villefort after Edmond is through with them. The Count's manipulations required a huge amount of knowledge. Desire Without desire, we wouldn't get much accomplished, but as for the characters in The Count of Monte Cristo, over desire could end badly. They are so driven that they are willing to do just about anything to get what they want. Motifs Suicide Names Politics Poison The constant changing of character's names in The Count of Monte Cristo
signifies deeper changes within the characters themselves. Villefort does not want his father's name. (p. 31) Edmond has a number, not a name. (p. 34) Abbe tells Dantes his number instead of his name. (p. 73) Eagerness to take one's own life for the sake of a beloved is held up as one of the only sure signs of absolute devotion. Mercedes- all that stops her is her religion. (p. 64) Dantes- tries to starve himself. (p. 67) Max- conteplates if Velentine does not marry him. (p. 357) Politics plays a significant role in the novel because it brands certain characters good or bad. The Abbe was a follower of Napolean. (p. 76) Dantes is being accused of being a Bonapartist. (p. 33) Valentine accidently drinks poison, but does not die. (p. 392) Valentine's paralized grandfather Noirtier Villeforte is poisened. (p. 546) Symbols Sea Elixir Red Silk Purse Chateau d'If Symbolizes deprivation and pain. Dantes is imprisoned for something he did not do, and is miserable. (p. 41) First used by Monsieur Morrel in his atttempt to save the life of Dantes's father, Dantes later uses the red silk purse when he is saving Morrel's life. The red purse becomes the hysical symbol of the connection between good deed and reward. (p. 264) Elixir Dantes's overestimation of the elixir's power reflects his overesestimation of the elixir's power, his delusion that he is almost godlike, and his assertion that he has the right and capacity to act as the agent of Providence. (p. 169) Dantes was washed in the waters that lead him to freedom, and his rebirth as a man transformed is complete. The sea continues to be symbolic baptism. Dantes spends much of his time on the ocean, traveling the world in his yacht. (p. 235)
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