The Count Of Monte Alchemist Character Analysis

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Actor Christopher Reeve once said, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” That quote is especially true when one thinks about Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo, Santiago from The Alchemist, and Odysseus from The Odyssey. Edmond, Santiago, and Odysseus each sustained their share of challenges and temptations, and were able to fight through them to attain their dreams and goals.
Santiago, from the book The Alchemist, encountered many problems on the journey to achieve his dream of going to the pyramids. His most important challenge was harnessing the wind, that being the only way he and the alchemist could escape tribesmen in the desert. He didn’t think
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One temptation that Edmond had was after Napoleon gave him a letter to be delivered to a soldier. Edmond was tempted to share the letter with his friend Fernand Mondego, after being told not to. The letter ended up getting Edmond arrested, and sent to jail where one of his most important challenges occurred. In the jail, Edmond was constantly alone, until he met a priest, who was also incarcerated. Edmond and the priest often talked about faith, yet Edmond struggled with his beliefs, making faith another challenge for him. Edmond never truly believed that God was with him until the end of his hero’s journey. During a conversation about faith, Edmond told the priest he didn’t believe in God, with the priest responding, “He believes in you,” giving Edmond encouragement throughout his journey. Edmond escaped prison, but was met with his most life threatening challenge of all; his abyss. He finds himself helpless on an island inhabited by pirates. Instead of giving up, he fought as hard as he could. Edmond ends up joining the pirates and is able to return to Paris after his transformation into the Count of Monte Cristo and win back Mercedes. He learns that Mercedes’ son is his, and during his birthday party, Edmond shares some wise words with the young man, saying “Life is a storm--you will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.” Edmond learned numerous life lessons on his hero’s journey and was able to share
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