The Count of Monte Cristo | Study Guide

Alexandre Dumas

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the-count-of-monte-cristo-alexandre-dumas_UPDATESources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, WorldCatalogCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.RetributionDantès tailors each offender's punishment to his particular evil deeds and weaknesses.Wealth & PowerDantès gains power partly through the treasure he finds on Monte Cristo and partly through his own ingenuity and application of knowledge.Monte Cristo, Chapter 117 ll human wisdom is contained in these two words: 'wait' and 'hope'!Betrayal & VengeanceAfter being falsely accused, Edmond Dantès escapes prison and believes Divine Providence guides him in vengeance.In 1815 in Marseilles, France, the young merchant seaman Edmond Dantès is arrested and imprisoned on false charges, dashing his hopes for marriage and career success. After years of imprisonment, he makes a daring escape, finds a fabulous treasure, and uses his wealth and wits to punish his betrayers.The Count's Quest for JusticeMAIN CHARACTERSThemesTransformationDantès becomes a master of metamorphosis to carry out his plans.The SeaDantès escapes prison by being thrown into the sea, and through it he is "reborn" into his new life.AmbitionThe desire for wealth or power is the underlying reason for most characters' misdeeds.Hero who uses the aliases Abbé Busoni, Lord Wilmore, and Sinbad the SailorEdmond DantèsCount of Monte CristoHonorable man; defends DantèsMonsieur MorrelShipownerPrisoner; tutors Dantès and tells him of the treasureAbbé FariaClericBecomes Dantès's devoted friendMaximilien MorrelSon of Monsieur MorrelSaves Dantès's life and becomes his friendJacopoSailorSold into slavery; falls in love with DantèsHaydéeDaughter of the Ali PashaHelps frame Dantès; loses his fortuneMonsieur DanglarsShips Cargo OfficerHelps frame Dantès; commits suicideFernand MondegoSpanish FishermanHelps frame Dantès; becomes a beggar; murderedGaspard CaderousseFailed TailorSentences Dantès to prison with no trial; goes madMonsieur de VillefortProsecutorMotifsAge when Dantès escapes prison33Much like his character the Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas lived lavishly, traveled widely, and had many adventures. To keep up his lifestyle, Dumas wrote prolifically and gained popularity through works such as The Three Musketeers.ALEXANDRE DUMAS1802–70AuthorDEFENDSLOYAL TOMENTORSRESCUESENVIESENVIESENVIESUSES FOR PERSONAL GAINEditions of The Count of Monte Cristo since its first release>1,850Years Dantès spends in prison14Months after his escape that Dantès finds the treasure3ALLYENEMYAlexandre Dumas1844–45FrenchNovelAuthorYears PublishedOriginal LanguageAdventureThe Count ofMonte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristoby the Numbers

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