An Agent of Revenge Essay

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Through an examination of the motives of Edmond, we begin to fully understand what Alexandre Dumas tries to convey in The Count of Monte Cristo: that wisdom comes, in part, for man when he leaves and waits for god to punish the sins of the nefarious, rather than fulfilling the sinful role himself, with the self-delusion of Providence. Edmond's thirst for vengeance had outweighed justice through the end of the quest. Edmond's anger is easily justified in the novel. Most men experience at least once in their lives, the need for revenge. Alexandre Dumas conveys revenge in a humanizing way that absolutely makes the reader understand and sympathize. Throughout the course of The Count of Monte Cristo, the word misfortune is often used. People, in some form or another, feel misfortune. Some seek revenge, shift blame, or do absolutely nothing about it. We learn through this book how different people take different actions for misfortune."I've instilled in your heart a feeling that wasn't there before: vengeance."(58) Edmond, for example, takes vengeance and retribution for his suffering; this shows a great deal of primal instinct and basic human nature, as hatred and revenge often come hand in hand with blindness, and righteousness. As Edmond's quest began, he did not seek love, he sought a little gratitude, but more than anything his heart was filled with hatred, though the reader still understood. As the plot of vengeance unfolds, so does a question: where do you draw the line of justifiability. A limit is set where vengeance is no longer justifiable. As Edmond got carried away, his vengeance turned into selfish revenge. Edmond would destroy himself just to see that Danglers, Fernand, Caderousse, and Villlefort, wouldn't die without suffering, and having all that Edmond had stripped. "Death is still death, still the absence of life and therefore of pain." (525) Through

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