Change In The Count Of Monte Cristo

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Writer Nathaniel Branden wrote, “The first step towards change is awareness. The second is acceptance.” Many people go through changes in their life, some drastic enough to alter entire personalities. In Alexandre Dumas’s novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo,” the main character undergoes a major change in his life after false accusations lead to his fourteen year imprisonment. Edmond Dante, naive, forgiving, and compassionate, transforms into an educated man with a lust for vengeance. Prior to Dante’s imprisonment, he displays characteristics of naivety, forgiveness, and compassion. Unable to see what is truly happening around him, he does not suspect that anyone has motive to harm him. When he returns home, he attempts to warmly greet a man…show more content…
No longer naive, forgiving, or compassionate, Dante has become educated and vengeful under the influence of Abbe Faria. Faria, a well educated man, devises a plan to teach Dante “mathematics, physics, history and three or four living languages” in two years (59). In addition to educating Dante by schooling, Faria also uncovers the truth behind what truly happened in the events leading to Dante’s imprisonment. He says to Edmond, “I’ve instilled in your heart a feeling that wasn’t there before: vengeance” (58). Dante’s newfound knowledge and awareness of what actually happened causes him to grow “gloomier and gloomier day by day” as his mind was “occupied with a single, constant thought” of seeking revenge on his enemies (59). After Dante escapes prison, his only desire is to punish those who put him in jail and essentially ruined his entire life. “...his eyes flashed with hatred as he thought of the three men to whom he owned his long and cruel captivity, and he renewed the oath of vengeance against Danglars, Fernand, and Villefort which he had already sworn in prison” (85). Edmond arranges for the kidnapping of Danglars by Luigi Vampa in order to drain him of the most important thing to him; his wealth. Although Danglars’ life does not end, he has suffered near starvation and now only possesses fifty-thousand francs. His fate was fair due to the fact that he “betrayed and dishonored [Dante]” by allowing Dante’s father to die of hunger and sending by him to the Chateau d’If to starve (522). Fernand, although outed in a similar way, suffers a much different consequence. The Count brings to light Fernand’s military treachery with the help of Haydee, and eventually reveals his true identity, Edmond Dante. This being too much for Fernand, he rushes home to find “all that he had loved on earth,” his wife and son, deserting him which leads him to committing suicide (394). Villefort’s life also falls into ruins by

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