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Title: The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Alexandre Dumas, père
Reading Reference: Gutenberg eBook
Audio file: Chapter 6-15
Audio editor: alisan publishing
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Monte Cristo is one of the French writers of Alexandre Dumas masterpieces, which presents a unique and novel story to the readers in romanticism. The main character, Dantes, is framed and imprisoned on his wedding day due to the jealousy of a villain. After fourteen years and the help of a Farian priest, Dantes reappears before the world as a count. There is only hatred left in his heart, but some kindness is still left in his eyes. The Count of Monte Cristo's road to revenge begins. After making a detailed and elaborate revenge plan, he defeats the three enemies who had framed and betrayed him one by one, giving them the retribution they deserve.
One. Waiting and Hope
I have read The Count of Monte Cristo nearly five times, but I hesitate to write down my afterthoughts because I am not qualified enough to comment on such a legendary work. Dumas' literary achievements have never been mentioned to a certain height, and people feel that his light is much dimmer compared to his contemporaries, such as Victor Hugo. The Count of Monte Cristo is not objectively speaking a masterpiece either. However, the classic is not vulgar and monotonous; after a century, when the book has withstood the rut of history, it has experienced a kind of calm and wisdom, taste sweet and new.
"While many Romantic writers, including Hugo, who had a certain depth in exposing social evils, were preaching tolerance, forgiveness, love and other class views and portraying characters like Jean Valjean, a hard laborer with corresponding moral perfection, Dumas strongly advocated revenge and justice for the weak in The Count of Monte Cristo, and strongly portrayed Edmond, an angel of revenge. This is the reason why "The Count of Monte Cristo" has been attracting readers all over the world for more than 100 years, and it always leaves a lasting impression after reading.
Remember the line in "The Shawshank Redemption": "What the walls of this world cannot close, he is deep inside us, and that is hope. One must experience death to feel the joy of life. Live on and live well, my beloved children. Never forget that until the day when God reveals the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in two words: wait and hope."
Fourteen years in the prison of Evburg gave him, in addition to the anxiety of being torn by freedom and pain day after day and sickly, noble pallor, the priceless wisdom given to him by the priest of Faria. What he could not forget was that Edmund carved "God will give us justice" over and over again on the walls of his prison, and when Father Faria appeared in his prison, he was frightened, panicked, and at the same time excited and agitated. He remembered clearly the number of bricks on the wall and faltered in his conversation with the priest, having not spoken to anyone outside for nearly four years. When the priest asked in return, "Have you given them names? I couldn't help but laugh, and then I realized that I was deeply saddened and in awe of the fact that after nearly half a lifetime in prison, enduring hunger and cold in a small, dark cell day after day, he could still joke with Dantes in a humorous tone.
We have to believe that pain is sometimes not a bad thing, that there is always hope at the edge of despair, and that there is always life besides death. This life of imprisonment in the dark turns the confused and superficial Dantes into a wise and strong man. The suffering and torment his enemies put him through did not defeat him but somewhat sharpened his will. Since "it was impossible to determine from which hand the sudden disaster came, he let out his anger on himself, on the tiniest things that came to annoy him - a grain of sand, a stalk of grass, or a thread of air" Dantes thought of death in prison, starved himself to death, light life may be the most direct way to end the pain. However, the most moving spectacle of life is also death; people can not look directly at the apparent injustice. Only on some occasions, human nature will be exposed at a glance; touching death is a good example. In the end, he chose to wait because there was still a glimmer of hope in his heart. The rebirth after the disaster is like a phoenix in nirvana; as the old saying goes, if you don't die, you will be blessed, and eventually, you will succeed in getting revenge.
Dantes fell motionless on the island, exhausted, listening to the storm, but that was the most comfortable night he slept. The revenge plan in his heart will soon be implemented, but I can't help but think that when his revenge plan is successful, the long-standing boulder of hatred in his heart is shattered to pieces, and he will not also have a sad feeling of loss.
The time rush monologue will be worn into a cassette. Fourteen years have passed, and even Captain Morel can not recognize the appearance of Dantes. You look like someone I've met, someone essential," said Mercer Tess.
I think every legendary novel has a storyline left for love, and the Count of Monte Cristo is no exception. James Jenkins once said.
"The road cannot see love, and everything should be exposed to the hot sun, love should let oneself hear the sound of love cracking in the body, like a firework stick in the night, splendid and spiritual." It is brave to go straight into the hot sun for love. As we grow older, the sun and rationality seem to set up contradictory opposites, and the more rational we are, the more cautious we seem to be in the face of feelings. Even if the love was more profound, he could not accept it. He is like an abandoned child wearing a mask, with cold revenge for the new shuttle in Paris, while the Hedda beside him gives him new feelings, compared to the hatred of a more apparent love.
Perhaps this is less eye-catching than the love in other novels. The love of the cholera period was a love of fifty-one years, nine months, and four days, which originated from a chance glimpse of Alisa one day when he accidentally passed by the small sewing room of Fermina Dasa. Yes, love can come so suddenly, so unexpectedly, so unexpectedly. The love in "The Count of Monte Cristo" is the most tender fragment in the whole book. Of course, this kind of fragmented love will not have such a miserable taste of bitter almonds." There is nothing more complicated than love," and there is nothing more pleasurable than love. However, love can begin and end in a single thought. As the reborn Dantes walks through the marketplace, he suddenly asks himself how he could be so cruel as to allow such a phantom to occupy his heart for so long when he stumbles upon the person he had once dreamed of and who had made his life a secret. And then, when he picked up that love again, the abandoned child of God took off his mask and finally listened to his heart and sailed away with Haider. As the saying goes, "Who knows whether this dependence is based on love or mutual habit?"