Monte Cristo had two goals- to reward those who were kind to him and his aging father, and to punish those responsible for his imprisonment and suffering. He is about to become the captain of a ship, he is engaged to a beautiful and kind young woman, Mercédès, and he is well liked by almost everyone who knows him. He considers his fortune a gift from God, given to him for the sole purpose of rewarding those who have tried to help him and, more important, punishing those who have hurt him. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. After Dantès arranges for Danglars to lose his fortune, he hosts a dinner party for the Danglarses and the de Villeforts; Maximilian Morrel the son of Monsieur Morrel and two convicts hired to play wealthy Italians are also present. This is the son of Count de Morcerf, a new title given to the very same Fernand Mondego who conspired against Dantes. Thus, he becomes the central enemy against whom the Count of Monte Cristo affects revenge.
Morrel asks if Dantes has a letter from Leclere to give to him, and Dantes says that he does not—that Leclere was in fact in no state to write a letter at all. Danglars instead pretends that he is going to leave the table, but Fernand begs Danglars to stay, since he has sensed that Danglars is jealous of Dantes and that perhaps they can band together against him. Danglars tells Fernand that, indeed, killing Dantes would be too severe, and that it would be far better to incriminate Dantes, keeping him in prison for a long time. Eventually, she softens him, and they rekindle their relationship. This was at the same time that Dumas embarked on his project including the D'Artagnan romances. The film met with modest success.
In exchange for his help digging a new escape tunnel, Edmond is educated by Faria in all manner of scholarship and swordplay for the next 7 years. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate and plots his revenge, cleverly insinuating himself into the French nobility. During that time, he almost goes crazy and nearly gives up on life. Once social with his enemies again, he is able to have Danglar fall off a dock and hung. As Caderousse is dying, the Count whispers his identity in Caderousse's ear. He's mysterious, sophisticated, wise, and elegant — everyone wants to be his best friend.
His wife as treacherous as he had also poisoned his entire family. Faria teaches Dantès history, science, philosophy, and languages, turning him into a well-educated man. Other features of society outlined by Dumas are the theatrical shows the elite attend such as the Opera , and the trend to purchase a house in Parisien suburbs, such as the Count did in Auteuil. Monte Cristo does not fail to inform Danglars his true identity. Edmond thereafter states his intention to marry his girlfriend, Mercédès, whom Fernand lusts after.
Dantes' only reason for living now is to have vengeance upon those who threw his life away. Monte Cristo's arrival in Paris causes a great stir, for his fortune is immense. It is late February, 1814, and a three-masted ship called the Pharaon docks near the coastal port of Marseille. This character is seemingly described. In fact, they are all eager to associate with this great man. For the latter, he plans slow and painful punishment. Emmanuel is in love with Julie, Morrel's daughter.
He follows Danglars to Italy, once Danglars flees Paris. This is the kind of adventure picture the studios churned out in the Golden Age--so traditional it almost feels new. He gives Caderousse a diamond, yet he knows this shall not bring Caderousse happiness. Floating ashore, Edmond encounters a band of pirates preparing to execute a fellow pirate, Jacopo,. He shall use this treasure to calculate the downfall of the four men who imprisoned him. His father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, had been a general under Napoleon, though in 1799 the two men had a falling out and never reconciled.
When this news is revealed to Paris, the Count de Morcerf is thus ruined. Edmond doesn't know what either the package or the letter contains. Caderousse then attempts to rob the count, still not knowing that it is Dantes. Dantes is taken by local authorities in front of Villefort. Whether this cowardice is a good thing — a sign of conscience — or a bad thing — a sign of weakness — is to be determined later. Thankfully, the prisoner in the next cell was building a tunnel to escape.
Fernand is brought to financial ruin as Edmond has his gambling debts called in. He begins to hatch an elaborate plot to take revenge on Danglars, Fernand, and Monsieur Villefort. The old man taught Edmond history, mathematics, and languages. In return for the favor, Albert introduces Dantès to Parisian society. GradeSaver, 1 May 2000 Web. Dantès then reveals that Valentine is alive. He has succeeded in his quest for slow revenge.
They find out that Edmond's father committed suicide, and the Mercedes wed Fernand a month after learning of Edmond's execution. The Abbé leaves Edmond directions to a buried treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. Sound: Mono Production Co: Reliance Pictures, Inc. The ship's owner, Monsieur Morrel, is extremely happy about this. His business is about to collapse: his one remaining ship should be coming in any day now, and if it doesn't, Morrel is up a creek without a paddle. This indicates a quality that Dantes will possess going forward — a cool, steely resolve to do what he knows he must do, when he must do it.