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A literary classic, The Count of Monte Cristo written by French author Alexandre Dumas, father, was published in 1844. This famous adventure book is known worldwide and it was several times adapted for screen and plays.

Plot Summary
The intrigue is very complicated and there are many characters involved. Young Edmond Dantès is condemned to life imprisonment through a conspiracy. He stays in prison for fourteen years in the Château d`If where he becomes friend with another prisoner, Abbé Faria. Faria have always planned his escape, he even dug a tunnel and tried to bribe the guard, as he was saying he is knows the hidden place of a big treasure. During the years of their friendship, Faria teaches Dantès everything he knows and before he dies he shares the location of the treasure.

Dantès manages to escape and finds the indicated treasure on Monte Cristo, after many adventures. He buys the insland of Monte Cristo and the title of Count and returns to Marseilles to take revenge on the ones responsible for his imprisonment, especially Fernand, Danglars and Villefort. Prison transformed him into a bitter and vengeful man.

Nobody recognizes him disguised as rich and distinguished Count of Monte Cristo, the new sensation in town, a figure everybody wants to be friend with, including his enemies. From now on, he will do anything to destroy his enemies and reward the one who have helped him before. His plans are accurate as he is a master of set ups and intrigues. The story is full of complots and turning points, but Count of Monte Cristo reaches his objectives. At the end, he reveals his true identity and leaves for a better life with his love, Haydée.

Themes and style

The Count of Monte Cristo is build around the idea of justice made by the victim itself, as the system fails in providing it. Dantès does not want to put his enemies in jail, as this would be too easy. Instead, to feel revenged, he destroys them by destroying all that is dear to them.

Another main theme is the one of alienation, described especially during the exile in prison where Dantès planned each step of his revenge. There are also the themes of love, hope, forgiveness and mercy, along with a strong political background.

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