Loyalty In "The Count Of Monte Cristo" By Alexander Dumas. This Essay Is About The Loyal And Unloyal People In The Story.

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Loyalty in The Count of Monte CristoIn the world of Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo self-sacrificing loyalty is the greatest attribute of the "good" characters. Conversely, the most despicable disloyalty is the chief characteristic of the "villains" like Danglars and Fernand. The "good" characters take risks to help Dantés when he is in trouble, as in the case of Morrel the ship-owner, or when they believe that he is in trouble, as in the case of Jacopo the fellow smuggler. Other loyal characters include Coclès, the one-eyed cashier; Emmanuel Herbaut, an employee of Morrel; Penelon, the old sailor; and Maximilien, the son of Morrel. The Italian priest, Abbé Faria, rewards Dantès' loyalty to him by telling him the location of the Spada's treasure and Dantès uses this treasure to reward the "good." The characters who switch their loyalties to the winning side are the "villains" and this category includes: Villefort, the public prosecutor, Danglars, the purser turned rich banker; Fernand, the lowly fisherman turned prestigious retired army captain; Caderousse, the tailor/smuggler/innkeeper; and Benedetto, the criminal. With the aid of his fortune and new identity Edmond Dantès, now known as the Count of Monte Cristo, punishes those who are disloyal by taking away what they prize most.The actions of the loyal in this novel are all done with little or no regard for the doers own wellbeing or happiness. When Dantès is imprisoned on false charges of being a Bonapartist, Monsieur Morrel, who is Dantès' employer, repeatedly attempts to clear his name and risks imprisonment himself on suspicions of being a Bonapartist. When Dantès pretends to have serious injuries on the Isle of Monte Cristo, Jacopo, the smuggler who saves Dantès when he pulls him up into the boat by his hair, decides to stay behind and care for Dantès even though that means that Jacopo will lose his share of the profits from the smuggling done voyage. Jacopo did not stay behind only because Dantès is adamant that no one stays with him. Coclès, the one-eyed cashier, stays on as an employee of Morrel and Son even though he is not being paid. He does this not because he has nowhere to go but because he has been in the employ of Morrel and Son for twenty years; he does not see why he should leave their employ just because he isn't getting paid. Penelon wants to stay on as a sailor in Morrel's employ even if he won't be paid but Morrel insisted on discharging them because he does not need their services anymore and he couldn't afford to pay them. Emmanuel Herbaut is also another employee of Morrel and Son who decides to keep working there because he loves Monsieur Morrel's daughter, Julie, and he wants to marry her one day even though his parents expressly tells him to resign from the firm. Maximilien, a lieutenant in the French army, is loyal to the Count of Monte Cristo and is willing to be the Count's...

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