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1. How does Edmond Dantès/The Count of Monte Cristo fit the profile of a Byronic hero?
2. How does the story of Edmond Dantès resemble the story of Francois Picaud, the French man on which the story of the Count of Monte Cristo is based?
3. How is The Count of Monte Cristo suited as a "romans feuilletons", or a serial novel popular in nineteenth century Paris?
4. How is the Count of Monte Cristoís adoption of Eastern culture and society reflected in his treatment of his friends and enemies?
5. The Count of Monte Cristo is carrying out his revenge on his enemies and is punishing those who are evil, he believes, under the guidance of God. What is the bibleís view on vengeance?
6. How does the political setting of The Count of Monte Cristo figure into the story?
7. Why does the Count help Caderousse escape from prison with Benedetto?
8. Could the Count have arranged Albertís kidnapping in Rome? Why would he arrange it?
9. What is the Countís opinion of the law and crime after his escape from prison? How do you know?
10. Why do you think the Count does not make any efforts to win back the love of Mercédès once he has escaped prison and returns to Paris?