"The Count Of Monte Cristo" By Edmond Dantes.

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The want for prosperity has the power to drive those who seek it to performdeliberate acts of corruption. An identifiable act of corruption that served as the meansfor three men to obtain individual prosperity, whilst causing another man to becondemned for life was the root for the predominant theme of corruption in The Count ofMonte Cristo. Each man who partook in the action of removing Edmond Dantes from hisposition of employment, father, and fiancee sought to gain prosperity in separatedomains, M. Danglars in his occupation, M. de Villefort in his social standing, andFernand Mondego with the love of Mercedes, Edmond's betrothed.M. Danglars was a man filled with vicious hatred and cruel intentions towardsEdmond Dantes. "We will leave Danglars struggling with the feelings of hatred, andendeavoring to insinuate in the ear of the shipowner, Morrel, some evil suspicions againsthis comrade... [referring to Dantes] (Dumas 14)". The animosity felt by Danglars can beattributed to his want to be promoted from the position of supercargo to that of captainaboard the ship of his employment the Pharaon. At the present time Dantes was the onlyperson impeding his progression to becoming captain as he was the proclaimed successorof the late Captain Leclere. Danglars secretly coveted this position and would go throughany lengths to achieve it. "Idiot!" muttered Danglars, "whether she kills herself or not ,what matter provided Dantes is not captain (35)?" Danglars became so enthralled withhis want for occupational prosperity that he conceived a plan alongside Fernand sodevious that it would completely remove Edmond as an obstruction from his path toprosperity. Danglars was going to engage in the indirect act of denouncing Edmond as aBonapartist agent, a charge that would lead to his unfortunate imprisonment."Well then I should say for instance," resumed Danglars, "that if after a voyagesuch as Dantes has just made, and in which he touched the isle of Elba, someonewere to denounce him to the king's procurer as a Bonapartist agent-... I will supplyyou with the means of supporting your accusation, for I know the fact well (39)."The execution of a plan that strips the God given freedom from a man is established ascorrupt. M. Danglars deliberately partook in a plan of this caliber that resulted in thesatisfaction of his want for occupational prosperity. The participation in this action wasdriven by his want. Demonstrating that his want for occupational prosperity had thepower to direct him to partake in an act of corruption.M. de Villefort was a man of power who could be said to hold the ideals ofDarwinism close to his heart. He was an eloquently spoken character with the desire tosecure his place among the aristocrats of Parisian society."Doubtless; but there is no occasion to divide the merit of my discovery with him.[referring to the keeper of seals] The keeper would leave me in the background,and take all the honor to himself. I tell you marquis, my fortune is...

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