"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Edmond Dantes.

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The want for prosperity has the power to drive those who seek it to perform

deliberate acts of corruption. An identifiable act of corruption that served as the means

for three men to obtain individual prosperity, whilst causing another man to be

condemned for life was the root for the predominant theme of corruption in The Count of

Monte Cristo. Each man who partook in the action of removing Edmond Dantes from his

position of employment, father, and fiancee sought to gain prosperity in separate

domains, M. Danglars in his occupation, M. de Villefort in his social standing, and

Fernand Mondego with the love of Mercedes, Edmond's betrothed.

M. Danglars was a man filled with vicious hatred and cruel intentions towards

Edmond Dantes. "We will leave Danglars struggling with the feelings of hatred, and

endeavoring to insinuate in the ear of the shipowner, Morrel, some evil suspicions against

his comrade...

[referring to Dantes] (Dumas 14)". The animosity felt by Danglars can be

attributed to his want to be promoted from the position of supercargo to that of captain

aboard the ship of his employment the Pharaon. At the present time Dantes was the only

person impeding his progression to becoming captain as he was the proclaimed successor

of the late Captain Leclere. Danglars secretly coveted this position and would go through

any lengths to achieve it. "Idiot!" muttered Danglars, "whether she kills herself or not ,

what matter provided Dantes is not captain (35)?" Danglars became so enthralled with

his want for occupational prosperity that he conceived a plan alongside Fernand so

devious that it would completely remove Edmond as an obstruction from his path to

prosperity. Danglars was going to engage in the indirect act of denouncing Edmond as a

Bonapartist agent, a charge that would lead to...