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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo


by Alexandre Dumas


Character Role Analysis

Fernand, Villefort, Danglars

The Count of Monte Cristo has three main protagonists that conspire against innocent Edmond Dantès to get him thrown in jail and out of their ways. Fernand is in love with Edmond's fiancée, Mercédès, and wants her all to himself. Danglars, who works with Edmond, is jealous of his work prospects. And Villefort wants Edmond in jail because he holds evidence that could hurt Villefort's career and father. After Edmond is unjustly imprisoned, the rest of the novel is about his efforts to get revenge against these three villains.