The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo
by: Alexandre Dumas

The Story of Edmond Dantès, the Sailor, who Becomes the Rich
& Powerful Count of Monte Cristo and Takes Revenge on all his Enemies.

Chesky Hoffman
June 17, 1996
Dr. Goodale

In this essay I will show how Edmond Dantès punishes his four enemies with relation to their specific ambitions. Edmond is sent to jail due to his enemies\' jealousy. After he escapes he becomes rich and powerful and gets back at them. Before I relate to you how Dantès gets back at his enemies I would like to familiarize you with the story.
The story describes the life of its main character Edmond Dantès. He is promoted to captain of his ship. This promotion ignites the jealousy of his fellow shipmate Danglars. Dantès is then falsely accused of being a Bonapartist. This means he sides with Napoleon Bonaparte and is committing treason against his own king. He is sent to a prison called the Château d\'If. The Château d\'If was surrounded by water and was known as a place of no return. When Dantès escapes, he takes revenge against his four enemies who conspired against him to send him to prison, in the manner of an eye for and eye. These four conspirators are Danglars, Caderousse, Fernand Mondago, and Villefort. In order to take revenge on his four enemies, Dantès uses a variety of names and disguises. The main new identity he uses for himself is The Count of Monte Cristo.
Danglars, as mentioned above, was the Count\'s shipmate when his name was still Edmond Dantès. When Edmond went to jail, Danglars ran away and became very rich. Caderousse was a tailor. He was also the Count\'s father\'s landlord and once the count was sent to prison, Caderousse allowed Dantès\' father to starve to death. Fernand Mondago was in love with the count\'s fiancee Mercédès. When the Count was sent to jail Fernand married her on the pretext that the count would not return. These three enemies all got together one night and were all responsible for writing an incriminating letter about the Count to his fourth enemy, Monsieur De Villefort, who was the city\'s temporary prosecutor at the time. He was responsible for the actual sending of the Count to prison.
After the Count escaped from prison, he discovered that all his enemies had moved to Paris. He became acquainted with people from that city and eventually moved there so that he could have his revenge. The revenge taken on Danglars matches the crime which he committed toward the Count. When Danglars wrote the incriminating letter about the Count, calling him a Bonapartist, his intention was to get the Count\'s position as Captain of the ship for himself. This shows how power hungry he was. In order for the Count to take proper revenge on this man, he recalled Danglars\'s great lust for power and decided to gradually diminish Danglars\' wealth. This in turn made Danglars lose his reputation as a good banker. As a result, Danglars had to run away from the embarrassment of losing all of his power and high stature.
We see the same concept of \'an eye for and eye\' played out in the Count\'s revenge toward Caderousse. When the Count escaped from jail he remembered what a love for money Caderousse had. Therefore he brought Caderousse a diamond. When an appraiser came to Caderousse\'s house, he paid for the diamond and then stayed for the night. In middle of the night Caderousse killed the appraiser and took both the diamond and the money paid for it. He was caught and sentenced to hard labor in prison. The Count chose this form of revenge because he knew that Caderousse could not resist the temptation of extra money. The Count punished him in this fashion because Caderousse took away all the money that Dantès left for his father. This loss of money caused Dantès\' father to starve to death. The Count understood Caderousse\'s greed and punished him through it.
The Count took revenge on Fernand Mondego by causing his wife Mercédès and son Albert to leave home. To do this, the Count introduced Albert to Danglars\'s daughter. The couple became engaged. A few days before the wedding was to take place, Danglars