Vengeance in The Count of Monte Cristo
The corpse of Madame de Villefort lay stretched across the doorway leading to the room in which Edward's lifeless body resided. Eyes filled with tears, the miserable M. de Villefort revealed the sorrowful scene to Dantes. After beholding the results of his revenge "Monte Cristo became pale at this horrible sight; he felt he had passed beyond the bounds of vengeance, and that he could no longer say 'God is for and with me.'"
Set in France during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Era, The Count of Monte Cristo is an intricate tale of obsession and revenge. Alexander Dumas uses brilliant language and spell binding characters in order to weave the plot together to form a masterpiece. Falsely accused of treason, Edmond Dantes, a young sailor with a promising future,is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned on the island fortress of the Chateau d'If with no hope for release. Dantes is the victim of the envy of Danglars, the lust of Fernand, and the political ambition of Villefort. The selfishness of these three men separate Dantes from all that was precious to him. Fighting off thoughts of suicide, Dantes suffers through years of horrible conditions in the dungeon. After a dramatic escape, he discovers a marvelous treasure revealed by the Abbe Faria, an inmate in the dungeons. Possessing great riches, important friends, and immense knowledge, Edmond Dantes sets out to destroy the lives of those who dashed his bright future. He believes he is God's agent, "An Angel of Providence," through whom just punishment is delivered to those who have sinned.
Once out of prison, Dantes formulates a plan to destroy the lives of those who ruined his life. Disguised as the Count of Monte Cristo and the Abbe Busoni, he carefully makes acquaintances with the families of his enemies and the enemies themselves. His victims are made responsible for bringing about their own downfall and their fate is a punishment for crimes they have committed against moral and social law, not for what they once did to Edmond Dantes. Danglars is...