"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas.

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Hope is a wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment. After being thrown in jail, Edmund Dantes keeps his hope corked in a bottle for as long as he could keep it bottled up. However, after waiting for years in a dark dungeon having no social interaction with other humans, he slowly lets his hand fall from the bottle. Dantes finally lets go and all his hope vanishes into the air that he no longer wants to breathe. However, before Dantes is able to kill himself, he meets an interesting scholar who rescues Dantes, teaches him many lessons, and unknowingly prepares The Count of Monte Cristo to avenge his false imprisonment. In Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmund Dantes rightly assumes the role as the god of vengeance as he punishes those who wronged him by taking away his livelihood, his love, and his freedom.

Edmund Dantes was a young man of the sea and he was rising up in status at Morrel & Son. When the captain of his ship died, Dantes was to be elevated to the position of captain on the Pharon. Three men who were all jealous of Dantes for different reasons devised a plan in which they would write a letter saying that Dantes was a Bonapartist conspiring for Napoleon's return to France. Dantes was arrested and interviewed by the Deputy Public Prosecutor, Monsignor Villefort. Villefort was ready to let Dantes go when Dantes said a letter he had from his ship owner (a Bonapartist) to the prosecutor's father. Villefort, always using his position to shield his father, destroyed the letter and threw Dantes in jail, denying him the right to become captain an possibly part-owner of Morrel & Son. His ship-owner, Monsieur Morrel tried to intervene for Dantes...