The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas

Three-Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Edmond is betrayed.

Act II

Edmond becomes the Count; The Count gets ready.

Act III

The Count gets even…but he overdoes it a little bit and has to reconsider his actions. He makes amends, then disappears into the sunset.

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