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Is Dantès A Tragic Hero? Essay

815 words - 4 pages

In The Count of Monte Cristo Dantès is an extremely successful young man with a great fortune ahead of him. Dantès however, clearly knowing he is blind due to love, cares nothing of the happenings around him. He is unaware of the fact that the people all around him have something against him. Dantès therefore, ends up inviting his enemy to his wedding, thus causing himself to be at harm at a place at which he knows he will be at unawares because of the “love that blinds him”. Therefore, Dantès is a tragic hero because it is his fault that he wasn’t aware that the people all around him were plotting against him. Dantès knew there was a possibility that the people around him would be plotting against him, however, being so trusting he completely ignored this warning.
While Dantes is at sea Alexandre Dumas mentions that Dantes and Danglars were in a quarrel. Danglars is jealous that Dantes is such a young man, and is going to be awarded the position of captaincy. Thus, Danglars determines to put an end to Dantes’ prosperous career.
Before Dantès went away to sea, he owed a debt to Caderousse which he had not paid. However, once Dantès received enough money he sent it to his dad as a means for his dad to take care of himself. Caderousse though, being cold hearted went to claim his money from Dantès' poor dad who needed the money Dantès sent him so that he could eat. When Dantès came back from sea, he realized that the little money he sent his dad so that his dad could take care of himself was gone; taken by Caderousse. Thus, from then on Dantès had a cold relationship with Caderousse, because Caderousse had hurt his dad by causing him to starve.
However, when Caderousse was introduced into the story, he was portrayed as
a nice, friendly neighbor. Dantès still saw Caderousse as a cold hearted man, yet he is
still trusting towards him. “Dantes answered, but ill concealing his coldness by these civil words” (Dumas 21). Though it is good that Dantès seems to have forgiven Caderousse for what he had done to his dad, Dantès should have been more careful, and watchful knowing that Caderousse had already caused harm to his dad. Even if Dantès wanted to push aside any problems between him and Caderousse, he maybe should have not invited Caderousse to his wedding. Or if he still wanted...

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