the Count of Monte C

The Count of Monte Cristo is a book which discusses a great many themes, and displays varray of possible conclusions to take from the ideas discussed. It centres around one fascinatingly undefined character who, through the course of the book, takes on many names and many faces, as much seeking his own, true one as anything else. Richly diverse, fantasticaly complex and inspiringly original, you are the Count of Monte Cristo. Emotional turmoil is something you are not alien to. You display great insight to the human condition, often realising things about yourself and others that lesser minds could not spot. This, however, often leads to great complexities both in your mind and in your heart, meaning you are sometimes confronted with personal identity issues. Because you see that life is not as simple as black and white, you are excellent at seeing from more than one perspective, demonstrating a depth of character which is almost unique to people of your emotional complexity. Edmond Dantès, the protagonist, resolves to take justice into his own hands because he is dismayed by the limitations of society’s criminal justice system. Societal justice has allowed his enemies to slip through the cracks, going unpunished for the heinous crimes they have committed against him. Moreover, even if his enemies’ crimes were uncovered, Dantès does not believe that their punishment would be true justice. Though his enemies have caused him years of emotional anguish, the most that they themselves would be forced to suffer would be a few seconds of pain, followed by death. Considering himself an agent of Providence, Dantès aims to carry out divine justice where he feels human justice has failed. He sets out to punish his enemies as he believes they should be punished: by destroying all that is dear to them, just as they have done to him. Yet what Dantès ultimately learns, as he sometimes wreaks havoc in the lives of the innocent as well as the guilty, is that justice carried out by human beings is inherently limited. The limits of such justice lie in the limits of human beings themselves. Lacking God’s omniscience and omnipotence, human beings are simply not capable of—or justified in—carrying out the work of Providence. Dumas’s final message in this epic work of crime and punishment is that human beings must simply resign themselves to allowing God to reward and punish—when and how God sees fit.

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