n the course of Dantes' revenge plot against Mondego, Fernand is publicly vilified and humiliated, and Mercedes and her son Albert head to far-off lands where their names and pasts will not be known and they can begin new lives, away from the shame brought to them by Fernand Mondego as their husband and father. Both Mercedes and Albert are basically good people, and their shame at Fernand's actions shows this. Yet the fact that they must leave to start new lives is a very harsh punishment, and it is visited upon them through no fault of their own. Dumas seems to be making a subtle point about revenge and the fallout of any action that harms another person, even -- or perhaps especially -- if the harm is only done to their reputation. Regardless of the point he is making in the novel, however, it is clear that the…… [Read More]
Without hope, The Count of Monte Cristo would fall apart and become a tragic novel of only vengeance, rather than a work of art that inspires readers to stay firm in their convictions and realize their dreams are attainable.
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Kaplan, J. (2003). "Treasure and vengeance."…… [Read More]
Caderousse does nothing to prevent an innocent man from being accused. He has only a superficial role as part of the plot to frame the young man, and does not profit from it because of his incompetence and addiction. He even understands, however dimly, that Dantes will be able to take revenge, should the plot be discovered. When "one gets out of prison,' said Caderousse, who, with what sense was left him, listened eagerly to the conversation, 'and when one gets out and one's name is Edmond Dantes, one seeks revenge'" (Chapter 4). Caderousse eventually meets an untimely end, after murdering a man to whom he sold the jewel the Dantes deliberately gave to him, because Dantes knew that Caderousse's temper would result in the drunkard's destruction.
Villefort is perhaps the most complex character in The Count of Monte Cristo. At first, he states that he believes that Dantes is…… [Read More]
Fernand demonstrates that hope can be an engine fueling acts of wanton and selfish cruelty as well. Ironically, this would also become a significant dimension of the hope harbored by the Dantes himself. hile there was a portion of his imprisonment in which the hope of young Dantes helped to sustain him with notions of escape and freedom, he still remained frustratingly uncertain about the factors which placed him in prison to begin with. It was not until the abbe Faria helped Dantes to unwind the details of the conspiracy against him that a transformation of his hope occurred. Here, the optimistic hope that guided the young Dantes to dream of freedom became a far more sinister hope, from which would be forged the Count of Monte Cristo himself.
Dumas cites the exact moment of transformation, engaging the abbe and Dantes in a conversation about the role played by Villefort…… [Read More]
If one views Dantes as a man who embodies a kind of Divine Retribution and acts according to the principles of justice, the novel appears in an entirely different light. One is willing to accept Dantes' actions, even if they do appear to be extreme (and murderous) at times. However, one is placated by Dantes' ability to show mercy to Danglars.
On the other hand, if one chooses to read the novel as Marinetti describes it -- as an attempt to illustrate modern man's reach for omniscience and power -- one may see it as a Romantic dream. In this sense, Dantes becomes a man fashioned after the principles of Rousseau, the French philosopher who wrote of accepting oneself on Nature's own terms. Rousseau did not accept the principal of original sin and thus did not accept the idea that man was fallen in nature. Viewed from this standpoint, Dantes…… [Read More]
Though of questionable morality, Dantes' eventual desire to succeed in achieving revenge is instilled and made feasible by his mentor's guiding hand and by the hope which is introduces into him.
And it is only in Faria's death that his teachings begin to manifest as aspects of a real future, not for the impertinently youthful Dante's, now dead after year's of captivity, but for the inexorably patient and newly emergent Count of Monte Cristo. After an isolation from society, and in particular from those to whom he owed retribution, the Count returns to France with an iconoclastic knowledge of mathematics, science, philosophy and politics, all underscored by a stony and almost inhuman patiencee. In addition, he has the money with which to accomplish all of his aims in each of these disciplines. It is the steady precision and calculating patience which his mentor has given to him in order to…… [Read More]
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He was a practitioner of medicine, skilled in the arts of weaponry of virtually any variety. He spoke at least five different languages, and was familiar with customs and practices throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. During all of his daring exploits for revenge, he somehow never lost the essence of his personality and his humble beginnings as a French sailor, nor his innate knack for studying and learning the characters of men and applying that to his adventures.
Of all the works of literature I studied while earning my Bachelor's degree at King Saud's University in Saudi Arabia and at __ (insert University name) in Paris, The Count of Monte Cristo and its quintessential hero, Edmond Dantes, had the most impact on my life. I have patterned myself after the protagonist of Dumas' classic work of literature and am ready to apply my knowledge of literature, history,…… [Read More]
Charterhouse of Parma Hero, Fabrizio Del Dongo
It is exceedingly difficult to label Fabrizio de Dongo, the protagonist of Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma, a hero in the conventional sense. Heroes conventionally are imbued with heroic qualities including great courage, physical prowess, a discerning intellect, and other superlatives that make them better than most men (who are not heroes). There are many characteristics of Fabrizio that make him more of an anti-hero -- he is excessively idyllic and is plague by misfortune (which the author satirizes in a comical way). However, there is a similarity with conventional heroes that Fabrizio unequivocally shares: he is a starkly shining idealist and, whether or not he can actually fulfill them, he is motivated by some of the purest and most heroic motives.
One of the aspects of Stendhal's novel which helps to prove the veracity of the previous thesis is the fact that…… [Read More]
Marketing Communication for Subway Restaurant
Marketing for any product or any service depends on the inherent reasons for the demand of that product or service. Thus the relative importance of different aspects is not the same for the marketing of different products or services. A restaurant is a place all of us go for a meal, bit, in our own minds, the rationale for going to different types or classes of restaurants are different. This determines the people who will go to that particular restaurant and what is the level of prices that he expects to pay. Some high class restaurants may get a crowd who just want to be seen there to improve their social status. ut, subway restaurants are for the hoi polloi.
A product for the general public is viewed in marketing terms more as a sales exercise than a publicity exercise. (uttle, 1996) Marketing is generally…… [Read More]