The Count of Monte Cristo is a book written by Alexandre Dumas that shows the limits of justice in human society, the power of perseverance and the influence of vengeance. Edmond Dantes was betrayed by his friends and sent to prison for treason, which he was framed of doing. While he was in prison, a priest named Abbe Faria mentored Edmond and taught him several different languages, politics and economics. He eventually escaped prison posing himself as a dead body to be tossed out into the sea, found a great fortune, and served personal vengeance to his hostile betrayers. From a sailor to a wealthy Count, this story shows how injustice can bring good things, and the lawbreakers will not live without any consequences.
The story starts out with Edmond Dantes, a nineteen year old boy who started out his career early and well, as he was about to take command over his own ship, but out of jealousy, his comrades betrayed him and charged him with treason. About to be proven innocent, he admits to these charges and includes the name of the judge’s father, and from fear, sentenced Edmond to a lifelong penalty in prison to protect his father. He is then thrown into a high security prison where he is meant to spend the rest of his life. With Dantes out of the way, the conspirators were able to take over his ship, lands and steal his love from him. Thrown into the depths of despair and having tasted the greatest sadness of life, Dantes desires to reunite with his beautiful Mercedes, grieves for himself and all his lost possessions, and attempts to take his own life by starving himself to death.
After going through days without eating, Dantes was ready to actually die until he hears a scratching on the wall of his cell, he immediately realizes that someone is trying to break out and starts digging on the same wall to meet this person, knowing this to most likely be his only chance of escape. He eventually broke through the barrier and found himself face to face with a priest staring up at him through the hole. The man introduced himself as Abbe Faria, a former priest accused of going mad and corrupt and thus ended up in the same prison. They reinitiate the escape plan, to dig out of the confinement of the walls of the prison. As they continued digging their tunnel, Abbe Faria became a mentor to Dantes as he taught him philosophy, politics and how to speak different languages developing Dantes’ character to become a more educated person. As they try to escape, the priest bequeaths to him a great treasure hidden on an island that the priest possesses. As the priest mentors him, he becomes a most intelligent man and gains a new friend that became something like a father to Dantes, heightening his social stature if he had been in the outside world.
Edmond Dantes then escapes the prison and finds the treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. He becomes very wealthy, travelling the world purchasing lavishingly beautiful items. After quite some time,...