The Count of Monte Cristo

The film The Count of Monte Cristo took place in France in the nineteenth century around 1814 on the islands of Elba, Chateau d’If and Monte Cristo. This was during the time after the fall of Napoleon’s empire. The Count of Monte Cristo tells a story of betrayal, ultimate vengeance, and undying love.

Edmond Dantes, a sailor who was wrongly accused of treason by his friend was sentenced to jail where he plots his revenge versus those who betrayed him.

Armond Mondego the friend who out of jealousy outlined versus Edmond to win the lovely Mercedes and fortune was later damaged by the vengeance and hate of Edmond who ended up being referred to as The Count of Monte Cristo. The string that Mercedes ties around her finger represents that she is bound to Edmond by undying love permanently. The transformation that Edmond made in becoming The Count of Monte Cristo was the beginning to Edmond taking his life back; He ended up being vibrant, dark and cruel.

Throughout the film chess pieces are described as places of stature. Napoleon refers to kings and pawns as emperors and fools. When Edmond acquires the position of captain of the Pharron ship Armond tells Edmond “victories are kings of the minute.” Armond hands Edmond a King as he is being arrested as a sign to advise him of better days. In prison this chess piece is utilized as a tip to Edmond of how he was betrayed and his life stripped from him. This later is returned to Mondago as his life falls apart since of the vengeance from Edmond.

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