The Count Of Monte Cristo Essay

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We are always told to never judge a book by its cover because we never know what is truthfully inside those pages and what excitement is held within. Whether the rising action be slow or quick, the climax must always be the same; exciting, heartwrenching, or suspenseful. There were many climaxes in Alexandre Dumas’s book The Count of Monte Cristo that could cause the reader to feel intimately with the characters and feed our hunger of anticipation for more and it is these things that make the book appealing to the reader. Such as the time Mercedes recognized Dantes, when Valentine and Maximilien dramatically plan an escape for the sake of their marriage, and when a secret witness comes to ...view middle of the document...

It may also be viewed as appealing because of a personal connection when readers, too, feel that unknown attachment with another person they may have just met.
We soon encounter Valentine and Maximilien’s dramatic plan of escape. Maximillien appears as soon as he learns that Valentine’s grandmother is dying, he dejectedly asks Valentine, “Have they set the date for your marriage yet?” and Valentine tells him that “the marriage contract to be signed the day Monsieur d’Epinay returns to Paris” (239). Our rise to action is shown when Maximilien desperately asks, “Do you intend to fight back at fate, Valentine?” his visit was to find out if Valentine intended to go through with the marriage she has been coerced into, even though it is clear Valentine doesn’t love Franz, the man she is to marry (239). Valentine realizes that Maximillien wanted her to find a way to stop the marriage from happening, “Are you asking me to fight against my father’s orders, against the wishes of my dying grandmother? Thats impossible!” Valentine shouts as she is asked to defy her “orders” and its seems as if she won't (240).
The climax is when Max goes on shouting, “I’ll kill myself!” if she decides that she will marry d’Epinay (241). However, Valentine refuses to let her true love die “I’ll join you and flee together” she says (241). To resolve the conflict that had arisen, they plan their escape and Maximilien tells her, “As soon as I know the hour, i’ll come here; you’ll climb over the wall into my arms. I’ll have a carriage waiting to take you to my sister’s house” (241). He does not fail in his promise as “he had prepared everything for their flight: he had hidden two ladders near the outside of the wall and a carriage was waiting to take him there at any moment”. These kind of moments are important to the story because it fuels a spark in our imaginations, we can see and hear the desperation in Maximilien’s voice, and it creates a large urge in the reader to find out if they succeed; it leaves us on edge.This can appeal to the readers by showing the dramatic side of characters and the foreshadowing of what may become of these two love struck characters. And what audience isn’t pulled into the wheel of the forbidden love?
Another climax in the story is when Fernand is put in court with a mysterious witness who turns out to be Haydee. This plays a significant part in the story as it helps explain why the Count kept this woman and made her keep her identity secret. It also explains why the Count reminded her that she was free in French territory. It begins with Fernand being accused of betraying the Turkish Pasha, Ali Pasha. As it turns out “the Count of Morcerf himself was the only one who had not read the article [...]” he was completely “unaware of what happened…” so when he stepped into the courthouse chambers “his expression… now struck everyone as more arrogant than usual” (292). The rising action commences when one of his supposed enemies decided to be the...

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