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The Count of Monte Cristo: Edmond Dantes' Positive Relationships.

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The Count of Monte Cristo: Edmond Dantes' Positive Relationships The Count of Monte Cristo is ultimately a novel about vengeance. Edmond Dantes, in the prime of his life, is framed and imprisoned for treason. There are three men responsible for this: Fernand Mondego, Danglars, and Villefort. As a result of what they did to him, Dantes swears revenge. "You do not know that everyday of those fourteen years I renewed the vow of vengeance which I had made my first day..." (Dumas 699). It is his striving for retribution that sets Edmond Dantes' alias, the Count of Monte Cristo, apart from everyone else in the Parisian lifestyle. Edmond Dantes is an important figure in any relationship, whether happily in love, enacting his revenge, or teaching and learning in turn. Despite the fact that the main themes of the novel are that of vengeance and hatred there is a lot of love to be uncovered. Edmond Dantes had three loves in his life: Mercedes, the beautiful Catalan; Haidee, the Greek princess; and himself, the Count of Monte Cristo. All three of his loves were on different levels but they all played a significant role in Dantes' life. At the age of nineteen, Dantes was in love with a beautiful, young woman. ...read more.


(Dumas 873). Dantes has suffered through absolute despair and truly know that in all his life he has not felt as much happiness as this. Not even when he was in love with Mercedes did Dantes feel like this. He replies to Haidee's confession with a profession of his own love. "One word from you has enlightened me more than twenty years of slow experience; I have but you in the world, Haidee; through you I again take hold of life..." (Dumas 873). With his new found and requited love Dantes gives most of his fortune to Maximilian Morrel and starts a new life full of love and empty of vengeance. Dantes not only loves others but he loves himself as well. His pride is very important to him and this is what keeps him motivated. All in all he still has himself, where there is life there is hope. Dantes is indeed a very proud man. He declares, "What I most loved after you, Mercedes, was myself, my dignity, and that strength which rendered me superior to other men; that strength was my life." (Dumas 701). Dantes' pride and confidence is what frightens most of his enemies and why those who love him respect him. ...read more.


All those in the Parisian society also respect the Count and expect him at all their events. For Dantes to keep up this appearance he has to remain frigid and indifferent to all his surroundings. His face gives way to no emotion but once in a while these emotions need to come out. Dantes finds this escape hatch in a friend, Maximilian Morrel. He allows Dantes to show all his real emotions; tears flow and smiles open to reveal Dantes pearly-white teeth. And like the Abbe to Dantes, Dantes takes Morrel under his wing and teaches him an important lesson. "There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another-nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living." (Dumas 874-5). Throughout the novel, Dantes interacts with many people, but it is his positive relationships that give light and hope to the otherwise dark book. The Count of Monte Cristo is about despair and happiness, love and hatred. It is the story of a man who lost everything he knew and loved and then rose above and played a role in providence. And finally ends with Edmond Dantes in the arms of his beloved Haidee. Smalczewski - 1 - ...read more.

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