English 9H, Period 7
10 September 2008
When One Reads a Certain Article or Such, It May not be Interpreted the Same as Someone Else Interprets It
Thesis: The movie The Count of Monte Cristo does not represent the book well.
Thomas Fuller once stated, “Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee.” This quote can apply to the novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, not only because the count was deceived by several acquaintances, but had difficulty laying down his trust on others after his escape from the Chateau d’If. However, the movie portrays those who betrayed Edmond as more closely acquainted than that of the novels. From this, it is obvious that the movie The Count of Monte Cristo does not represent the book well.
The novel The Count of Monte Cristo had a mellow twist in it, whereas the movie made it more appealing or pleasant to the viewer. In the novel, Albert is the son of Fernand Mondego; rival of The Count of Monte Cristo, or Edmond Dantes. However, the movie depicts Albert clandestinely, as the son of Edmond Dantes, the man who was formally engaged to Mercedes. This not only gave the movie a needed sprain, but it added an emotional thrill to it as well.
Edmond Dantes, being a man of revenge in the novel, did not fully fulfill his vengeance in the movie, as he ran off with Mercedes, his only love, and Albert, his son. From this they arrived at the Chateau d’If from which Edmond purchases. In the novel, none of this had come to be; Edmond did not run off with Mercedes nor Albert, nor did he purchase the Chateau d’If with a portion of his fortune. The novel described the written fact that Edmond and Mercedes had never run off with each other, let alone were rejoined by love.
... Fernand married Mercedes in the long run and was punished by Monte Cristo. Monte Cristo releases news in the newspaper about how Fernand (Count de Morcerf ... Cavalcanti), and Ali. The character I liked the most was Edmond Dantes. I liked his strenght and his heart that were ...
A primary difference in the book and movie is how The Count of Monte Cristo ‘killed’ or ruined Danglars and Monsieur Villefort. In the novel, The Count of Monte Cristo was more detailed and elaborate with his plans of how he ruined these two men. As for Danglers, The Count of Monte Cristo retrieved his money from the bank with his unlimited credit account, forcing Danglers to go bankrupt and ran off. Much of Villefort’s family was poisoned, including the individual who used the poison, Madame Villefort and her son, Eduard. Whereas, in the movie, The Count just shot the two.
Although the movie The Count of Monte Cristo is an exciting adventure, one can easily tell that it does not accurately represent the novel well. The movie twists significant points in the novel drastically, forcing you to question what was read. As the movie was interesting, it may have been more enthusiastic if it portrayed the novel directly.