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THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO By Alexandre Dumas Fernand Mondego was a simple fisherman who led a dull monotonous life and was not very important in the social status If he had just been content in all of his circumstances his life might have been better However from the very beginning of the book Fernands goal in life was to obtain things he could not obtain He desired power fame fortune-- and Mercedes Most of these could be obtained in time but Mercedes was one thing that Fernand knew he would never get unless Edmond Dantes disappeared for good He set out with revenge against him and used a devious plan to fulfill his desires His character traits were all built on one thing greed He had many other traits such as jealousy selfishness and slyness which were important in accomplishing his goals Perhaps the most important was jealousy Fernand had a jealous temperament In Chapter Three Fernand asked Mercedes to marry him with these words Listen Mercedes its almost Easter again-- a good time for a wedding Give me an answer Fernand burned with rage when Mercedes answered his plea with I love you like a brother but never ask anything more of me because my heart belongs to someone else This someone else just happened to be Edmond Dantes the new captain of the Pharoan From that point on Fernand was very envious of Dantes Fernand had done every thing in his power to capture Mercedes heart and yet the one who held it was Edmond Dantes This made him very jealous and discontented Another trait Fernand possessed was selfishness Fernand was extremely selfish and self-centered Everything that he did revolved around him After learning that Mercedes refused to marry him she showed up clinging to Dantes The book describes Mercedes trying to introduce them in this way Keeping her Mercedes hand clasped in his Edmond held out his
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