The Count of Monte Cristo can be read on several different levels, the first being a pure and simple adventure. Another level of reading would include examining themes, such as betrayal and other human conditions found throughout society. Yet another level, would be to look at Dumas’ symbolic writing. Symbolism provides the vehicle for us to look beyond society and focus within ourselves with a literary microscope, to make the experience a personal learning forum.
To personalize the symbol within The Count of Monte Cristo, the question stands who will act as a savior in my own life? Do I take upon myself the role of judge and executor of justice? Do I seek for solace? Many more questions can be explored from this novel, and this is why it is a classic and why I love it!
When I think Monte Cristo the first thing that comes to mind is the yummy ham and cheese sandwich. The second thing is the movie, The Count of Monte Cristo, a film I own on DVD and rarely watch. Every time I watch the movie I think to myself,” I really liked that” and I wonder why I don’t watch it more often. The third thing is the book which I admit I’ve never read. I have no idea how true to the book the movie is or what important plot points were left out (if any). I can tell you that The Count of Monte Cristo tells the story of the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) who is betrayed by his best friend ( Guy Pearce) and wrongly imprisoned. He then becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of reprisal in action. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a production design featurette, a multi-angle sword fighting feature, and much more!