Hello. My Name is Edmond Dantes. You Sent Me To Prison. Prepare To Die!!!

24 Apr

*SPOILER ALERT* If you haven’t read The Count of Monte Cristo or watched the Princess Bride, I recommend you do so before reading this post as it contains a few spoilers.
The Count of Monte Cristo…or Abbe Busoni… or was it Lord Wilmore…Sinbad the Sailor? Who the heck is this guy and why does keep changing his name? Well to keep a long story short, these people are all the aliases of none other than Edmond Dantes, the victim of a devious crime which sent him to prison for nearly fourteen years. Why create such convoluted alter egos? Well the answer is plain and simple: REVENGE. Dantes is determined to get back at those who plotted against him much like the synopsis for another very familiar story. A comedic tale of romance, adventure, and, hey look at that, revenge, known as The Princess Bride. Now if you haven’t already seen this movie, (which I will be focusing on more than the book) then I would highly recommend you do so because it was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen and easily one of my top ten favorite of all time. The perfect blend of humor, suspense, romance, and (several) memorable quotes are what make this movie and instant classic. However, let’s get back to the Count of Monte Cristo analogy. Almost every aspect of the book The Count of Monte Cristo is present in The Princess Bride. It also makes you suspicious as to how similar they are. It’s almost “Inconceivable!!!”

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For example, Dantes takes on these aforementioned aliases in order to continue on with his scheme. In the Princess Bride, Westley takes on the role of the infamous Pirate, Roberts, in order to keep his identity a secret and meet up with his lover, Buttercup. Another similarity occurs towards the beginning of both stories. The concept of one man being cast off or taken away prior to his marriage is current in both stories: Dantes being sent off to jail and Westley being captured by a band of pirates. This delay of the marriage allows for another character in the story (the jealous one) to marry the girl that intended to marry the main character. (Fernand and Humperdinck) Coincidence? I think not!!! This movie just screams “MONTE CRISTO!”
The last and probably the most captivating comparison that I can make between the two tales of adventure is the aspect of revenge. However, this time the comparison is between Edmond Dantes and (probably the most unforgettable name of the film) Inigo Montoya. Both men have suffered greatly as a result of the sinfulness of another and are consumed with the desire to exact their revenge. Montoya feels immense hatred towards the six fingered man who had killed his father and taken his sword, and it is for this reason that he wants him dead. Dantes, on the other hand, was betrayed by his so-called friends and was placed in prison for an unforgivable amount of time. Revenge is a dish best served cold and serve it they did. Montoya exacted his revenge towards the climax of the film in an epic sword fight while chanting his famous phrase, “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Dantes was able to satisfy his thirst for revenge by, poking holes in Villefort’s family and utterly destroying the life of Danglers.

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I’m sure that there are plenty of other applicable situations that occur in both stories and I could go on and on and on… Oh wait, what’s that? You want me to end it right here? “As you wish…”

as you wish

-Matt

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