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In Alexandre Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo the protagonist Edmond Dantes is a complex character with multiple aliases throughout the novel After he was imprisoned for nearly 15 years Dantes is out for revenge He makes his life mission to hurt those who hurt him Baron Danglers Fernand Montego and Monsieur Villefort In taking his revenge he steps beyond the boundary of right and wrong hurting innocent people such as Edward Villefort Dantes is not truly morally justified in behaving the way he does to take his vengeance It is not anyones place to play God as he learns in the endAs Dantes assumes the role of Providence and is through rewarding and begins to punish he says farewell to kindness humanity and gratitude Farewell to all the sentiments that gladden the heartDumas 131 In doing this he asks may the God of vengeance now yield me his place to punish the wicked131 However it is not anyones place to ask this of God God is equal to no one and should not have his place be assumed by a mortalWith Dantes vengeance comes suffering When he rips apart Villeforts life he leaves him in such a condition that It would be difficult to depict the state of stupefaction in which Villefort left the Palace of Justice to describe the fever which made all his arteries pound stiffened all his fibers made all his veins swell almost to bursting and transformed every point in his body to so many centers of pain480 Dantes goes so far in his revenge as to make a man go mad Despite his lack of morality here he does realize it and Monte Cristo began to feel the bitterness which had once flooded the heart of Edmond Dantes498 With this immense bitterness it is quite difficult for him to see clearlyIn this novel Edmond Dantes makes some poor decisions in terms of morality He crosses the line by
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