While I have been researching The Count of Monte Cristo, I have been troubled by making a connection to Lewis Carroll. However, today as I was sitting in the library reading a book referenced by Annalee Norton, I found something awesome! I found out that Alexandre Dumas' character, Edmond Dantes, is very much a reflection of Dumas himself. Many of the sentiments and even direct phrases quoted by "The Count" are reflected in Dumas' memoirs of his father, General Alex Dumas. These connections were inspiring to me because in my very last analysis paper on Carroll, I evaluated Alice as a projection of Charles Dodgson, rather than Alice Liddell, as is commonly believed.
Therefore, here is my working thesis:
Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo is a complex novel about one Edmond Dantes, who after being unjustly imprisoned, breaks free and enacts revenge on those who were responsible for his imprisonment. Historical, biographical, and textual evidence indicate that Dantes is a reflection of Dumas himself, with similar characteristics and sentiments that are reflected in Dumas' memoir of his father. In essence, Edmond Dantes is a self-projection of his own creator.