(May Contain Spoilers)
From the beginning, The Count of Monte Cristo started off dramatically, drawing us in. As we all know, great novels have great characters – ones we fall in love with and some that we strongly dislike. For this week’s blog post, we decided to do a “Favorite Characters So-Far” list. Without further ado, we present KTD’s and LTC’s favorite characters so-far:
In most cases, the protagonist is the favorite character among the readers, because honestly, it’s kind of hard to dislike the main character, since they are usually made with the best qualities and traits. As for me, probably because I haven’t gotten too far in the book, I absolutely hate the main character so far. I find him naive, too nice, too humble, and too much of a goodie-two-shoes. For Pete’s sake, he’s accused of treason and he doesn’t even show resistance; he just has a self-pity party in his cell and dreams of getting out. Leaving him aside, my favorite character has to be Abbe Faria, who Dante meets at the prison. He’s intelligent, crafty, and most of all, he at least tries, with all his might, to get out prison. This man has nearly nothing, but made handy utensils and such with the limited materials around him. He made a chisel, pincers, a crowbar, paper, ink, pens, and a blade. Creating those tools himself, he wrote an entire book and dug a distance of fifty feet. I fell in love with this character’s crafty mind as well as his determination to be free of that miserable prison.
Another favorite character of mine, although it may be quite unusual, is the love rival of Dante, Fernand Mondego. He probably isn’t a crowd favorite, considering he’s one of the antagonists, but I admire this character’s persistence. Even though I find it wrong that he’s in love with another man’s fiancé, who also happens to be his cousin, his continuous strive to want to make Mercedes his beloved is quite charming. Also, he contributes to the interesting plot of the story, trying to steal Mercedes away while Dante is in prison. His jealousy portrayed in the book is kind of relatable to some readers as well.
The Pure and Sincere
Monsieur Morrel is definitely one of my favorite characters at the beginning of this book. He is the shipowner of the Dante’s ship, making him Dante’s boss. I initially liked him because of his sincerity when offering Dante the job of captain. He appears very honest when he says, “If I were alone, my dear Dantes, I’d shake your hand and say, it’s done. But I have a partner… Leave it to me to get you the other one; I’ll do my best” (chapter1). After this quote, I was won over by him. He shows his loyalty again in chapter four, when he shows up at the betrothal party hosted by Dante’s poor family. Morrel is known as a wealthy man, and for him to show up to Dante’s party proved that he was backing up Dante’s claim to the captainship. In chapter 8, he shows up again to help get Dante out of prison. Even though he fails during his only chance during the hundred day government, he also helps pay for Dante’s father’s medical bills and funeral when he dies.
From the beginning of the story, I had a feeling that Morrel was a likable character, someone trustworthy. He then proved me right as the story went on, and that made me like him even more. I want to predict that he is a character that is true and loyal in the end, and will help Dantes out later. His actions and speech convinces audiences that he is one of those sincere people, the ones with pure hearts and loyal to righteous actions. A person like him is rare to find in real life, therefore in books, I’ve always idolized characters like him.
The Childish Conflict.
The character that I cannot stand is Caderousse, the neighbor of Dantes. He is one of the people who hold contempt towards Dantes. But the fact that he is against the protagonist of the story is not the reason that I can’t stand him, it’s the reasons behind his hate. Caderousse claims that Dantes is allegedly ‘high and mighty’ about his new position. However Caderousse is not such a ‘noble’ person either, subjugating Dante’s father, an old frail man, to pay fees and starve for months, instead of waiting for Dantes to return. I just don’t understand Caderousse’s problem. If his reason for his contempt against Dantes is just plain jealousy, he shouldn’t lie to himself and make up all these reasons. What makes it even worse is that he is using those reasons to aid the anti-Dantes group with Danglars and Fernand. Danglars wants the job of captain and Fernand wants Mercedes; those are valid reasons for their place in the group. Caderousse, however, reasons are just confusing and illogical. If there was some untold information behind his hate, I would like him better. Right now though, he just seems like an idiot; his reasons for hating Dantes makes him look childish.