The Count Of Monte Cristo Book Report

1352 words - 5 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On The Count of Monte Cristo book report

"The Count of Monte Cristo"(title and book) by Alexandre Dumas

537 words - 2 pages The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, is a captivating tale of adventure and vengeance set in Europe in the early 19th century. Edmond Dantes, a 19- year-old sailor, has a promising future. He's about to be married, and everything seems fine... until a favor he had done for his deceased captain lands him in the infamous political jail Chateau d'If. There, Dantes meets and befriends an old priest. Dantes soon learns that the priest is

Eyes of Revenge: The Count of Monte Cristo

1763 words - 8 pages that the characters in the book went to for their own happiness. His best known works were The Count of Monte Cristo and The three Musketeers. Works Cited “Alexandre Dumas pere.” Cadytech.com. Cadytech, n.p. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. “Alexandre Dumas pere.” Online-literature.com C. D. Merriman for Jalic Inc., 2008. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. . “Biography of Alexandre Dumas.” Gradesaver.com. GradsaverLLC, 1999-2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. “Dumas, Alexandre

Shakespeare’s Influence on "The Count of Monte Cristo"

637 words - 3 pages Alexandre Dumas had many influences. One of Dumas’ most notable books, The Count of Monte Cristo , for instance had many influences. One of Dumas greatest influences in his writing is Shakespeare. Dumas had been a fan of Shakespearean writing, and it shows in his style and ideas. Being influential, Dumas used some of Shakespeare’s ideas in his own stories. The most obvious influential idea Dumas used, was the use of a sleeping potion. The

Summary of the Movie : The Count of Monte Cristo

544 words - 2 pages The Count of Monte Cristo SummaryIn France during the eighteenth century, Edmond Dantes along with his close friend Fernand Mondego stop in a strange land in search of rescue help for their captain, who has just attained brain fever. They meet Napoleon and ask for medical attention for their captain. Napoleon allows them to stay in his quarters. On the first night of their stay, Napoleon asks Edmond a favor. He requests he deliver a "harmless

Eyes of Revenge: The Count of Monte Cristo

1249 words - 5 pages book is set in France in the post- Napoleonic period. The book stays in france but travels to different parts of France like Marseilles which is Edmond Dantès (Protagonist) hometown and Chateau d’if where Edmond Dantès was imprisoned. His cell was said to be “clean enough, though it was barred and bolted” (Dumas 32). The Protagonist of the story is Edmond Dantès also known as the Count of Monte Cristo later on in the story. The antagonists are

The Count of Monte Cristo: Revenge and Justice

1194 words - 5 pages equally as they did wrong, there is justice. However, this revenge sometimes goes to far and is consequently not justice. This notion of Revenge and justice is often in literature, one of the better-known being the novel The Count of Monte Cristo, written by Alexandre Dumas. However, literature is not the only time that revenge and justice is discussed in. Works and Rules and real-life events that took place like the Bible, Hammurabi’s code, Twelve

Views on Vengeance in The Count of Monte Cristo

1565 words - 7 pages In The Count of Monte Cristo, Dantès goes from a happy, successful sailor to a dark vengeance seeking man. Though Dantès is advised many times not to seek out vengeance by his close friends like the Abbé, his emotions get the best of him and he attempts to carry out his wicked plan. Throughout the whole Bible, God instructs us to not repay evil with evil, and to leave revenge to him. Furthermore, in this story itself, Dumas drops hints about

The Count of Monte Cristo Modern Translation - Chandler / Dretzka - Assignment

1597 words - 7 pages BR 3 Script Title: The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas; translated by Lowell Blair. Page 1. In the distance, Monsieur Morrel saw his ship, the Pharoan, coming to port. He was nervous, because his ship was going quite slow when it was usually very fast. Page 2. Monsieur Morrel decided to row out to it and have a word with the captain. When he got there, he found out the captain had died, and as first mate, Edmond Dantés had taken

The Count of Monte Cristo Summer Reading Essays

2000 words - 8 pages The Journey of the Count of Monte CristoEdmond Dantès takes a perilous journey which leads to the transformation of a completely diverse individual. The first Edmond Dantès was one that is oblivious to the evil of the world, while the second Edmond Dantès, also referred as the Count of Monte Cristo, is quite the opposite of the first. The Count of Monte Cristo is the result of a man who has been hardened by the realities of

Narcissism in "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas

1497 words - 6 pages In Alexandre Dumas' novel, "The Count of Monte Cristo", Edmond Dantes exhibits many different personality traits throughout the course of the story. He starts the novel as Edmond Dantes, a young man known for his loyalty and innocence. After spending 14 years in the Chateau d'If he emerges a new man. The identity he uses for the majority of the rest of his life is The Count of Monte Cristo. Edmond Dantes is extremely narcissistic, believing

"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas

1095 words - 4 pages . However, before Dantes is able to kill himself, he meets an interesting scholar who rescues Dantes, teaches him many lessons, and unknowingly prepares The Count of Monte Cristo to avenge his false imprisonment. In Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmund Dantes rightly assumes the role as the god of vengeance as he punishes those who wronged him by taking away his livelihood, his love, and his freedom.Edmund Dantes was a young man of the

Similar Essays

The Count Of Monte Cristo Essay

1451 words - 6 pages 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

Count Of Monte Cristo Essay

2313 words - 9 pages # of pages: 441 Was the book on the reading list? Yes, the book was on the reading list, and it is a classic novel.Apply the following terms in your analysis of: The Count of Monte Cristo Author: The original author of the unabridged, un-translated version is Alexandre Dumas, but I read the abridged, translated version by Mrs. Lowell Blair.1. Type of fiction or non-fiction- This book is historical fiction, as it takes many historical facts from

Vengeance In The Count Of Monte Cristo

698 words - 3 pages Vengeance in The Count of Monte Cristo   The corpse of Madame de Villefort lay stretched across the doorway leading to the room in which Edward's lifeless body resided. Eyes filled with tears, the miserable M. de Villefort revealed the sorrowful scene to Dantes. After beholding the results of his revenge "Monte Cristo became pale at this horrible sight; he felt he had passed beyond the bounds of vengeance, and that he could no

The Count Of Monte Cristo: Classically Entertaining

1714 words - 7 pages The Count of Monte Cristo is fabulously entertaining with its mixture of revenge, love, suspense, and action sequences; transporting audiences back to a time when honor and loyalty were highly valued and a man’s last name was more important than the man himself. It seems there is something for everyone in this film. While the beautiful love story speaks to the romantic, the dueling swordplay and thought of buried treasure speaks to the inner