John Ford, an American film director once said that revenge is its own executioner. Dantes is exploited in Alexandre Dumas’s novel, The Count of Monte Cristo by friends. He was accused by his friends of a crime he didn’t commit and was sent to prison for years. His prosecutor would have been happy to see him in jail. He learns that the justice process will not do anything to assist him and that justice must be done by him. Dantes views justice as a form of revenge, because he is so bitter about his enemies. Dantes’s revenge is not without cost. The lesson of forgiveness is taught through Dantes’ story and his mistakes.
Dantes was cheated by friends. He seeks justice, but his definition is closer to revenge. Danglars was jealous of Dantes’s captainship of the ship, The Pharaon. He wrote a note proving his case and requesting Dantes be arrested. Fernand, jealous of Mercedes’s love affair with Dantes, sent the letter from Danglars to Fernand. Villefort, an evil judge with bad intentions and ambitions, ordered Dantes to be jailed, even though Dantes didn’t do anything that could justify his imprisonment. Dantes assumed these three people were friends. Dantes used them to his advantage and sought revenge. Abbe Faria is Dantes’s prison guard who helped him escape. Abbe Faira discovers too late how Dantes’ imprisonment was caused by his efforts to help him. Dantes has changed completely since the expression “instilled within your heart” was used. Abbe Faria wasn’t the only one to see that Dantes was changed by his quest for revenge. Monte Cristo, one alias of Dantes, stated to Villefort that he had always heard about Providence but has never seen anything similar. This makes him believe it doesn’t exist. I want Providence, for the greatest and most beautiful thing I know is to punish and reward. Monte Cristo embraces his instinctive drive to revenge and is able to see it. Sublime means that he values the reward of those who don’t betray and the pursuit of his revenge against those he did. It shows that, even if he could have all the power in this world and do everything he wants, his most important priorities would be to remunerate and get his vengeance. Dantes acknowledges that there is no God and he knows that he can only get his revenge by acting on it. Dantes views his revenge as necessary to exact justice on those who have wronged him. Dantes was able, perhaps, to bankrupt Danglars. Villefort may have been driven to madness. Fernand, however, was hurt by his actions. Dantes tells Danglars, “I’m the man that you betrayed, dishonored,” while confronting him over his wrongdoings. Dantes says that he needs to forgive himself, as he was able punish Danglars but made choices and took actions that he regrets. Dantes admits that he has made mistakes, and he forgives Danglars. Monte Cristo states that he finally reached the summit in his vengeance. He admits that he looked into the abyss to doubt, but that it was not the right choice. It shows that he is remorseful for his pursuit of revenge. Dantes also uses the terms summit’ and ‘slow and tedious’ to describe how he was physically and mentally affected by his quest. Yet, he still can see the wrongness of his actions, even after being severely afflicted. It shows that Dantes is no longer driven by revenge, but rather by realizing the horrible errors made by someone else.
Dumas uses Dantes’s regret for his revenge-driven actions to illustrate the importance of forgiveness. Dantes caused pain to many people, including himself, by not being forgiving and giving in to his rash and bitter emotions. Monte Cristo tells us that Dantes realized that he was going beyond the bounds of rightful justice and that he could no more say “God is for me” when he sees the consequences of his actions. The death of Edward. This is a clear example of how he failed to forgive and gave in to vengeance. It also shows the importance of forgiveness. This statement shows Dantes’ realization that he was wrong to choose to be God and punish others as he pleases. This statement also shows how foolish Dantes was in his pursuit of vengeance. Dantes thought God was supporting the vengeance he sought, even though God is a symbol representing purity and peace. Dantes only realized that his actions were wrong and that God wasn’t there with him. Monte Cristo’s statements show how Dumas stresses forgiveness to his readers. They reveal the possibility of self-corruption as well as degeneracy that one might experience and cause if they do not forgive. Dantes says, “God alone knows that my departure is without hate or pride, but I am not without regret.” Dantes regrets his mistakes, and acknowledges them in this statement. Dantes’s lack of pride and hatred shows that he has realised the evils of vengeance, and is now free from them. Dantes had become disconnected from society and humanity due to his inability forgiving others and giving in to the desire for revenge. Dantes was unable to have positive relationships with others because he failed to forgive. Dumas takes Dantes’s words to emphasize the importance for forgiveness. Dumas shows the horrendous consequences that not forgiven can have and says that Dantes was filled by regret at not forgiving but giving in to hatred, pride and envy.
Dantes is an excellent example of John Ford’s statement that revenge proves its own executioner. Dantes gives in to the need for revenge and forgiving. Dantes is not able to communicate the importance to forgive to the reader. Dantes was cheated, but it would have been a better choice to forget about the issue. However, Dantes decided to pursue justice. But revenge was more important than any other goal. Even though he finally got his revenge, he didn’t lose any of his inner self.
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