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Money Matters Essay

1455 words - 6 pages

"All we have to do is kill him, take the diamond and money, then leave." Gaspard Caderousse looks at his wife with a gleam in his eye. The rogue thinks about what would happen if he lets his wife do the arduous task of killing the jeweler. He already had seen the jeweler's two pistols. She would rush in to the jeweler's room and stab the jeweler; the jeweler would shoot and kill her. All Caderousse would have to do is go upstairs, make sure the jeweler is dead, get the diamond, come downstairs, collect the banknotes and leave with the diamond and money. All of this is going through Gaspard Caderousse's mind before he carries out his plan to take all of the money and the diamond. It seems that people will do almost anything for money. The power of money in the affairs of human beings is a predominant theme in The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

Money affects even poor men in The Count of Monte Cristo. Gaspard Caderousse is one of these men. At the very beginning of the book Edmond Dantes comes home from a trip on the Pharaon and visits his father's house. Almost as soon as Dantes sees his father he says, "What's the matter father? You don't look well." (7) His father says that his next door neighbor, Caderousse, required him to pay off an old loan between him and Edmond. The loathsome Caderousse doesn't care that if he takes the money from Old Dantes while his son is away he won't have enough money left to live and he will most likely starve to death. All Caderousse cares about is money. He is willing to kill someone for money; he lies for it too. This happens later in the novel after Edmond Dantes has escaped from prison. Disguised as Abbe Busoni, Dantes comes to Caderousse's Inn and tells Caderousse that he is the person to carry out Edmond Dantes' will. The Abbe Busoni has a diamond and he is to split it up among Edmond Dantes' only five real friends. Caderousse tries to make it sound as if he is the only real friend and is the worse off even though, in reality, he isn't Edmond's real friend. He lies over and over claiming to be an honest man just so he can get the whole diamond. He gets the whole diamond by lying repeatedly. Later, he gets his money by blackmailing someone. He blackmails Andrea Calvacanti, Benedetto, in order to get money. He is able to blackmail Andrea because he knows his real name and about his past. At first, Caderousse asks for smaller amounts of money. Being the greedy man he is, he asks for more and more money until eventually he convinces Andrea to participate in the robbing of the Count of Monte Cristo's house. Caderousse's greed for money gets him killed in the end and he realizes his real enemy is not Edmond Dantes, but money.

Money seems to affect even well to do people. They have enough money to do well in life, but they want more and more. One of these people is Heloise de Villefort, the wife of Edmond Dantes' enemy, Monsieur de Villefort. Her greed for money is what, in the...

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