Comparing "The Counts of Monte Cristo" Comparison Essay by Nicky

Compares the novel "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas to one of its film adaptations.
# 150033 | 1,250 words | 0 sources | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 22, 2012 in Literature (French) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper compares and contrasts the classic novel, "The Count of Monte Cristo", by Alexandre Dumas to the 2002 film adaptation of this work. First, the paper notes how the plot had to be simplified and several characters eliminated in the film version because of the complexity of the novel. Then the paper explores various themes found in the work, particularly those of jealousy and revenge. According to the paper, these themes were represented differently in the novel as opposed to the film version. Next, the paper examines how the characters in the film and novel differ, especially that of Villefort. The paper concludes by noting how in film the plot must remain at a quick pace, while in a novel the pace is determined by the reader.

From the Paper:

"One of the themes in the novel is jealousy, and in fact this could be said to be the driving force behind almost all of the actions taken in The Count of Monte Cristo. Danglars, Fernand Mondego, and Caderousse are all jealous of Dantes, which is why they develop the plot to imprison him. When Dantes escapes and becomes wealthy, a certain type of jealousy can be seen in his complicated and drawn out revenge plot. He is mostly getting back at these men for what they did to him, but he punishes the wealthy offenders far more than the now-poor Caderousse. In a way, it seems as though it is Dantes' jealousy of what these men were able to accomplish while he languished in a prison that causes him to behave the way he does for so long."

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