The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

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"Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas
1. "Suddenly, toward nine o'clock at night, he heard a faint noise coming from the wall next to which he was lying [....] to his scattering thougts." (Dumas 43)
After being imprisoned, Edmond lost all his hope and spirit and swore to abstain from eating. He fought to starve himself to death to escape from his suffering. As soon as Edmond hears his neighborhood scratching and working away on the wall between them, he becomes galvanized by hope that he isn't alone. Immediately, Edmond abandons his pact to starve and eats his meal to keep up his energy and focus on finding out who is trying to escape. This discovery infuses Edmond with hope of an escape.
2. "Faria handed the paper to Dantes [....] 'Well, now do you understand?' asked Faria." (Dumas 69-71)
Initially, Edmond was politely respectful of Faria. Edmond had known the priest was deemed a lunatic and refused to believe him about the buried treasure Faria rambled on about. The moment Edmond saw the proof of the treasure in the handwritten letter from Caesar Spada himself, his perception of the priest changed. Instead of viewing him as an unstable acquaintance, Edmond sees him as a reliable friend. The letter catalyzed the change in his thoughts on Faria and opened him up to a great friendship.
3. ".... 'was it to anyone's interest that you should not marry Mercedes?' [....] now became crystal-clear to him." (Dumas 56-58)
Once Edmond realizes that his imprisonment is the fault of Danglers, Fernand, and Villefort, he becomes vengeful. The revelation converted Edmond's sadness (at his sentence) to revenge (for his suffering). No longer thinking of his acquaintances as friends, Edmond thinks of them with hatred. His happy world was no l...

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... realizes a truth: that only by experiencing the extreme worst case scenario may you appreciate how wonderful life is. He reflects on his time suffering in prison and scoffs at his previous depreciation for his success and wonderful life as a young sailor. He learns to appreciate small joys in life such as his true friends.
8. " 'That's all I have in the world [....] take my life away from me also.' " (Dumas 519)
Danglers throughout the novel has consistently prioritized his wealth over everything else (he chose his fortune over his wife). After being detained and starved by Vampa and his crew of bandits, Danglers was forced to choose between life and his money. He had an immensely difficult time deciding what to choose because of his strong devotion to his fortune. Eventually he chose life; his suffering changed his viewpoint on how important his wealth was to him.
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