What are the Underlying Themes in The Count of Monte Cristo?

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A most intriguing novel by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo makes the reader confront his or her own challenges. Betrayed by his own friends, arrested at his wedding feast, and charged for treason, for Edmond Dantes, that was only the beginning. During this terrible time, Dantes also loses his father, fiancé, and any hope for a happy life. The disguise of an aristocratic count is the way that Edmond reveals himself to Paris society all in the name of revenge. Throughout this novel, the reader finds himself truly examining his own life. Several meanings surface throughout the twists and turns of this exciting book, including love and betrayal.

"I love Edmond Dantes and no other man will ever be my husband. . As long as I live. . If he dies, so will I. . ." (pg. 10) Funny isn't it, how in love everything suddenly becomes life and death? In the Count of Monte Cristo, Mercedes loved Edmond.

But at the same time, she had to move on when she realized that he wasn't coming back. But when he did, she was definitely still in love with him, but was married to Ferdnand. Even with that in mind, she realizes all that she is missing without Edmond, " There are some predestined lives whose whole future is ruined by an early mistake. When I believed you to be dead, I too should have died. What good idd it do for me to mourn your loss eternally in my heart?. . .I denied my love and, like all renegades, I bring misfortune to everyone around me." (pg. 411) There is a certain point in life when one has to look beyond his emotions and realize that not everything works out like it should. On the flip side...