The Count Of Monte Cristo Book Report

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The Count of Monte Cristoby: Alexandre DumasTheme: RevengeJoshua BanMrs. Haynes01/10/14The novel "The Count of Monte Cristo" is a classic work of literature that was written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844, about a young man, wrongly thrown in jail by his jealous "friends," and breaks out and uses a hidden treasure map to take his revenge. This essay is going to discuss the relevant aspects in the story concerning the authors life and the events of the novel's time period, also the many themes in the story as well."The Count of Monte Cristo" starts off right before Napoleon's first exile to Elba, and throughout the novel we can see about Napoleon's armies, his escape to Paris, and about the royalist parties that still support him. The country is in political turmoil, and corruption is everywhere. The novel ends around the time when Louis-Philippe I ascends the throne and when things are starting to calm down in France. These events that are happening as the novel goes on are historically correct for the time period that they are set in. (shmoop1)Alexandre Dumas was born in 1802 in the town called Villers-Cotterêts, fifty miles northeast of Paris. His father was Thomas-Alexandre Dumas he had been a general Sunder Napoleon. In 1806 Alexandre-Dumas died, and his wife and two children were in a very bad position. Alexandre always liked the former emperor even though Napoleon caused many problems in their family. Napoleon was still very popular among the French at the time. In Dumas's work frequent borrowing from outside sources sometimes got him accusations of plagiarism. While he took many of his plotlines from the works of other authors and from historical events, he remade these stories in his imagination and made them better. "The Count of Monte Cristo is an example of the appropriation process Dumas frequently employed. His inspiration for the novel was an anecdote he read in Mémoires historiques tirés des archives de la police de Paris, a collection of intriguing criminal cases recorded by Jacques Peuchet, a former police archivist. The anecdote relates that in 1807, a man named François Piçaud became engaged to a pretty and wealthy girl, inspiring the envy of his friends. One of these friends, Loupian, persuaded the others to join him in denouncing Piçaud as an English spy. Though innocent of the charge, Piçaud was arrested and kept in prison for seven years. While in prison, he befriended a rich Italian cleric who left Piçaud his vast fortune when he died. Piçaud returned to Paris in 1815 as a wealthy man. Using his wealth, as well as numerous disguises, he enacted a complex plan to avenge himself on his enemies, murdering several of them."(shmoop1) Though this real-life story has the all the main plot parts of Dumas's novel, it doesn't have the detail and imagination of Dumas. He was good at taking an existing thing and turn it into something great.One scholarly article on the book...

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