How Does Dumas Use Revenge In The Count Of Monte Cristo

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The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, follows Edmond Dantes. After his betrayal, he seeks revenge against those who wrong him. He becomes extremely wealthy and is able to carry out his plans as the Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas explores three major themes in his novel: revenge, justice, and perseverance.
First, Dumas explores revenge in his novel. In the novel, Edmond seeks revenge after he is wrongfully imprisoned. We see the novel has several thoughts on revenge. Towards the beginning of the novel revenge is seen as good way to settle anger. 'As long as I 'm aware of your treachery and make you understand that I want to avenge it, I 'm reasonable enough ' (371). However, as Edmond carries out his plan he realizes he is not as he thought he would be. Innocent people (Madame de Villefort and her son) are killed as a result of his actions. He comes to the conclusion that revenge is dangerous and unfulfilling. Ultimately, revenge is dangerous and unfulfilling and can affect innocent people.
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Next, Dumas explores justice in his novel. Edmond has many opinions on justice. For most of the novel, we see Edmond attempt to play God. '...the Count of Monte Cristo is commanded only by the Count of Monte Cristo ' (373). He deliberately controls and brainwashes others to fit into his master plan. Alongside Edmond, others have their own opinions about justice. Villefort is the direct opposite of Edmond. Villefort does not believe in self-justice and vengeance like Edmond. 'Hatred is blind and anger deaf: the one who pours himself a cup of vengeance is likely to drink bitter draught ' (569). Later in the novel, Villefort commands his wife to commit suicide because she is dishonorable. The same self-justice he hates caused his wife and son to commit suicide. He realizes he has no room to judge after this action. Simply put, the audience learns only God can judge

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