The Count of Monte Cristo
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. In our opinion, however, it should be popped into the microwave for about 30-45 seconds.
|Author||Dumas - Alexandre Dumas|
Fate and Free Will
Justice and Judgement
They're victims of an overly complicated, but really nasty revenge scheme thought up
by Edmond Dantes, <<Ed-mohn dahn-tay>> aka the Count.
You see, back in the day, Edmond had it all: a great job, a smokin' hot girlfriend, really
...and some backstabbing frenemies who connived to get Edmond imprisoned for a crime he didn't
Edmond spends years in the dark, dank Chateau d'If. <<deef>>
Then, one day, he befriends an elderly Italian priest with a treasure map and a serious case
of deus ex machina. <<day-oos ex mack-uh-nah>>
In the end, Edmond gets his revenge. The question is: Was it worth it?
Edmond is so mentally and morally restricted by his quest for revenge…
…that he may as well have never escaped from the Chateau d'If.
Edmond burns through millions of dollars to punish the men who had him imprisoned.
His every thought revolves around making them suffer, to the exclusion of his concerns about
anything or anyone else.
This is a man who is so wealthy that he could have bought a tropical archipelago somewhere
and spent the rest of his days on the beach…
…getting a tan and listening to Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hits.
Instead, Edmond chooses to avenge past wrongs.
Choosing revenge over babes in bikinis?
Edmond should've just stayed in jail. Doesn’t seem like it was worth it…
Edmond also completely loses his identity in his quest for vengeance.
In order to get his revenge, Edmond becomes the mysterious, all-powerful Batman...oops,
wrong story…we mean the Count of Monte Cristo.
All the things that were to be admired in Edmond when he was a simple sailor are destroyed
by the vengeful aristocrat Edmond feels compelled to be.
And then Edmond begins to lose his humanity as his plot moves forward.
He feels that God has given him a mandate to be an avenging angel, to smite the men
who ruined his life.
He ceases to care much about even the people he loves, until it's almost too late. Seems
like another checkmark in the… not worth it… column…
But… Edmond's vengeance might be worth it, because it's the one thing he wants.
After all, three of the four men responsible for Edmond's imprisonment don't just disappear
after they commit their foul deed.
They become wealthy and famous.
They practically buy baseball teams and drive Lamborghinis.
And let's not forget that all four of the frenemies go on to do some really, really
terrible and illegal things after they give Edmond the shaft.
There's no way Edmond was going to be able to move on until his frenemies were toast.
They took everything from him, so Edmond returned the favor.
So, what do you think?
Was Edmond's revenge worth it, since he got back at the men who stole his life from him?
Did Edmond pay too high a price for vengeance when he swapped his identity for that of a
count with a God complex?
Or, in carrying out his revenge, did Edmond become as reprehensible as the men who put
him in prison in the first place? Shmoop amongst yourselves.