"The Count Of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. What are the lines which you thought were significant to the ongoing theme of "The Count of Monte Cristo?" Why did you think that?

Essay by RCR113High School, 12th gradeA+, October 2002

download word file, 2 pages 3.5

Downloaded 48 times
Keywords , , , ,

One line that I thought was pure ingenuity from the author was when he wrote one-liners in this novel that seemed to foreshadow the oncoming events and add onto the theme of the story. One of these lines were, "Hatred is blind, anger is foolhardy, and he who pours out vengeance risks having to drink a bitter draft." This line was very powerful in the sense that it foreshadows the series of events that occurs within the book. Edmond Dantes, the main character of the book, was stripped of his innocence by 3 conspirators, which he had called friends, and was sent off to Chateau d'If, an infamous jail in which the worst criminals go. He miraculously escaped, became wealthy, and sought vengeance against these 3 men who had taken his youth and innocence and turned it into something horrible... the Count of Monte Cristo, the sly, vindictive, mysteriously wealthy character which everyone is humbled by because of his simple fashion and mystique.

He speaks with his ex-fiance's son's friend, Franz, who warns Dantes ahead of time that everything that goes around comes around. This line means that if one seeks to have his revenge, he shall get the disadvantages of what he does. Dantes is still "blinded by hatred," and says that only the poor and inept may pay for their discrepancies, but the rich and clever are the ones that will always reap the benefits. He learns later on in the book that his theory was not veritable in any sense, for he had a great deal of remorse and regret for what he had done and wanted to punish himself. But Haydee, his loyal servant, had loved him greatly, no matter what he had done, and gave him a reason to live, a reason to...