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Dantes Power and Limitations in "The Count of Monte Cristo". Although Edmond Dantes symbolizes God through his death and resurrection, he ironically displays many limitations as a flawed human being, which helps to explain his transformation to a humbl
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Dantes' Power and Limitations
Human beings with authority and power will have a natural tendency to believe that they are all powerful. Their strong reliance on their power creates a delusion of being godlike which makes their actions justifiable. However, overestimation of power will reveal their human limitations as well. In Count of Monte Cristo, the author, Alexandre Dumas explains this notion through the character of the Edmond Dantes. Although Edmond Dantes symbolizes God through his death and resurrection, he ironically displays many limitations as a flawed human being, which helps to explain his transformation to a humble man.
Edmond Dantes represents Christ through his resemblance to Christ's descend to hell and resurrection from hell. During Dantes' experience in Chateau d'If, Dantes described the Chateau d'If as an "abyss" (Dumas 34). The dark description of the word and its association with death implies that the Chateau d'If is a place of emptiness and suffering. To a greater extent, the author Dumas dramatically uses the archetype of fire when describing the Chateau d'If. It seems that with this archetype, the Chateau d'If is considered as a representation of spiritual hell for Dantes. In this hell, Dantes not
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