What aspects of The Count of Monte Cristo make it an adventure story?A detailed answer please of Alexander Dumas's novel.

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Beginning with the arrival of a merchant ship that has been at sea for a year, "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas has much of its plot that contains adventure.  When the young first mate, Edmund Dantes, disembarks, he is the bearer of the sad news to the ship's owner, Monsieur Morrel, that the ship's captain has died.  Interestingly, Dantes also tells Morrel in his response to the owner's questions about Danglar, the purser, that he asked Danglar's to stop on the isle of Monte Cristo in order to settle a dispute with him, but Danglars refused.

This Isle of Monte Cristo later becomes a pivotal part of the tale of adventure since it is the site of the buried treasure that the Abbe has bequeathed to Dantes.  With the Abbe, Dantes has dug a tunnel for their escape; however, the aged priest dies before its completion.  In a daring attempt at freedom, Dantes switches places with the corpse of his dear friend, and is thrown into the sea.  Fortunately, Dantes can hold his breath long enough to cut through the bag in which he has been "buried," and swims until an Italian pirate ship rescues him.  Then, deceiving the other sailors, Dantes remains at the Isle of Monte Cristo. After finding the treasure, Dantes has the fortune that he needs in order to pursue his plan of revenge upon the treacherous men whose nefarious plot sent him to the miserable prison in the Chateau d'If for fourteen years.

The next part of the novel develops the adventures of Dantes as he travels the world and studies in the East, gleaning what he can to use against his mortal enemies.  Finally, returning to France, Dantes, posing as the Count of Monte Cristo effects his plans, slowly and cleverly.  While doing so, Monte Cristo encounters his lost love and resurrects his conscience as well as he secretly aids his old friends, the Morrels, who have fallen upon hard times since M. Morrel has lost his merchant ships to storms, etc. and with them his fortune.

In the end, Edmund Dantes exacts his revenge, but he again finds friendship and love and learns the wisdom contained in the words "Wait and hope!"  Certainly, then, "The Count of Monte Cristo" is an adventure novel, a part of the Romantic Movement in France.



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