Friday, March 14, 2014

SOS! Tweethis Going Under!

Okay, so I need some serious help! I have been thinking about The Count of Monte Cristo and what
my options are in terms of research. I have hit a lot of dead ends, and I need some feedback. Don't worry, I haven't quite abandoned ship yet, but I would really appreciate any ideas on how I can save this.

Last night, in the midst of my frustration, my darling fiancé talked with me and basically had me tell him the entire story of The Count of Monte Cristo and why I liked it. Then we had a pretend argument about whether or not the Count was justified in what he did.

We talked about the Abbe Faria as being a Christ figure, because his death brings about Edmond's escape, his new life in a sense. And it is through the Abbe Faria's teaching, treasure, and death that Edmond Dantes dies and The Count of Monte Cristo is born. But that begs the question, does Edmond/The Count represent us? Are we all born good, like the original Edmond, and then we choose evil and become corrupted by circumstance? Or perhaps Dumas is trying to illustrate agency misused?

Edmond Dantes is inherently good. I think everyone could agree on that. He is good and kind and loves deeply. But is the Count of Monte Cristo good? Some may argue yes, because he does many "good" things, but are they really good? It seems to me that everything he did was for revenge, even the good things. Even his merciful acts are used to manipulate, and he essentially takes upon himself the role of God. Then, finally, when all of it is over, what does he have left?

I think the real question at the end of the book is Is the Count happy? I would say no. He has spent too much of his life and energy directed towards revenge and bitterness, claiming it was the "justice of God," but all along hardening himself to it. In the end, he keeps his name, The Count of Monte Cristo, effectively proving that Edmond Dantes has died. When the revenge is complete, he has nothing but emptiness.

This is my argument, and I would like to turn it into a research paper. Tell me what you think before the ship goes down!

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea, I like your passion... but is it risky? Will it divide an educated audience?
    My favorite idea was him taking upon himself the role of God and how that becomes his demise. What do you define as the role of God though?

    i think you're getting closer