Loyalty in "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexander Dumas. This essay is about the loyal and unloyal people in the story.

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Loyalty in The Count of Monte Cristo

In the world of Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo self-sacrificing loyalty is the greatest attribute of the "good" characters. Conversely, the most despicable disloyalty is the chief characteristic of the "villains" like Danglars and Fernand. The "good" characters take risks to help Dantés when he is in trouble, as in the case of Morrel the ship-owner, or when they believe that he is in trouble, as in the case of Jacopo the fellow smuggler. Other loyal characters include Coclès, the one-eyed cashier; Emmanuel Herbaut, an employee of Morrel; Penelon, the old sailor; and Maximilien, the son of Morrel. The Italian priest, Abbé Faria, rewards Dantès' loyalty to him by telling him the location of the Spada's treasure and Dantès uses this treasure to reward the "good." The characters who switch their loyalties to the winning side are the "villains" and this category includes: Villefort, the public prosecutor, Danglars, the purser turned rich banker; Fernand, the lowly fisherman turned prestigious retired army captain; Caderousse, the tailor/smuggler/innkeeper; and Benedetto, the criminal.

With the aid of his fortune and new identity Edmond Dantès, now known as the Count of Monte Cristo, punishes those who are disloyal by taking away what they prize most.

The actions of the loyal in this novel are all done with little or no regard for the doers own wellbeing or happiness. When Dantès is imprisoned on false charges of being a Bonapartist, Monsieur Morrel, who is Dantès' employer, repeatedly attempts to clear his name and risks imprisonment himself on suspicions of being a Bonapartist. When Dantès pretends to have serious injuries on the Isle of Monte Cristo, Jacopo, the smuggler who saves Dantès when he pulls him up into the boat by his hair, decides to stay behind and care...