‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ is a novel by Alexandre Dumas. This novel is based on vengeance and revenge. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to get revenge on someone without doing any harm?In order to discuss and see if his revenge is related to what’s right and wrong, let us begin with a summary of the story. Edmond Dantes, a young sailor, gets rewarded to be a Captain of The Pharon, but unfortunately there are four men that made Edmond Dantes locked in a prison for a crime he did not commit. The four men are Villefort,Fernand, Mondego,Danglars, and Caderousse. Dantes has spent fourteen years in prison and then he escaped with his friend that gave him a map to find his treasure. His friend was Abbe, he died and when Dantes found the treasure he became rich and famous and was given a name that no one will ever forget. He was known as “The Count of Monte Cristo” . During this time period couldn’t stop thinking about revenge, especially to the four enemies. What Edmond did was wait for the perfect time and then he struck. The Counts mission is to put revenge on the people who locked him in a prison and to help the people who helped him. The Count of Monte Cristo’s opinion about death and revenge is that instead of the people that have suffered for a very long time shouldn’t die as quick, the person that committed the crime should be tortured and should slowly painfully die.”Because I have insinuated a feeling into your heart that was not previously there: the desire for revenge.”(Chapter 17) Dante wants the people to suffer for whoever did him wrong. He wants them to be miserable and wants them to have a hard time just like how Dante suffered in jail. This is why he didn’t want to kill them himself or to hire anyone to kill them. This statement is proven in this quote that The Count of Monte Cristo has said “If a man has tortured and killed your father, your mother, your sweetheart, one of those beings who leave an eternal emptiness and a perpetually bleeding wound when they are torn from your heart… do you think society has given you sufficient reparation because the man who made you undergo long years of mental and emotional suffering has undergone a few seconds of physical pain? For slow,profound,infinite, and eternal suffering. I’d try to avenge myself by inflicting similar suffering-an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”(Chapter 20) By looking more into the quote, I’ve done my research and the last sentence of the quote is from the bible and I think that by telling us this, the author wants to show us that even way back in the day, in a book that is supposed to teach us about life, revenge was taken and was not socially wrong. This sentence gives us a reason for him to carry out his revenge plans. The Count of Monte Cristo was a very smart man. He would always look for the weakest points in a person of who he wanted to take the revenge of, then he would strike. While Monte was in jail he had a lot of time on his hands and learned about his enemies after he had escaped from prison. For example we know that Danglars loves money very much, so The Count has arranged for him to have no money what so ever, so he destroyed him financially. Another example is Fernand Mondego’s case. After Fernand became Count de Morcerf, Monte Cristo told the public that Morcerf is a traitor, and by this act The Count has wrecked him socially. (QUOTE?) We have also learned from the story, about Morcerf’s loving loyalty. This was another target for The Count and he has succeeded by making Morcef’s family separate from each other. Fernand was feeling unhappy that he even committed suicide.(QUOTE) Villefort, in my option was the most selfish person I have ever heard of. He would sacrifice and do anything for anyone. One quote in the book has stated: “I would sacrifice anything to my ambition, even my own father.”(Chapter 15) Because of Villefort’s political desire, he was eager to have an innocent man that was put in jail for his whole life. So in this case revenge is very morally justified, because for a man like Villefort, who was willing to put an innocent man in prison, then the revenge is very morally justified. Danglars framed Dantes because he was the one who wrote the letters, the reason is because he was jealous at him because he gets the reward to be the captain of the Pharon, and not just because of the ship also because of the self confidence Dantes had. It was obvious why Mondego framed Dantes. He was jealous because of Dantes Fiancée,Mercedes. Gaspard Caderousse, was way to greedy. Monte Cristo gave Caderousse a chance to become honest and to hopefully change, but he didn’t.(QUOTE) Caderousse was killed trying to rob the Count’s house. But Dantes wasn’t revenging all of the time he was a moral,good, and a generous person. For example, when the Abbé was dying, Dante never left his side. Which shows us that Edmond Dantes is a really good man. As we can see, Monte Cristo took his revenge in a way that didn’t involve anything that was illegal. The reason I think that revenge is morally justified in this story is because he did suffer for a long time, and there was a very good reason for the revenge that he has done. In my opinion a person should be punished for something bad they have done, revenge should be taken. Revenge is a great power and is found in all of us, but we should all know how to use it carefully.
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