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The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas père

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What character from another novel, play, movie, or TV show is similar to Edmond Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo?

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Edmond Dantes from Dumas's Count of Monte Cristo shares many similarities with Andy Dufresne from Stephen King's novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (the movie version is simply entitled The Shawshank Redemption).  Like Dantes, Andy is wronged by someone very close to him--his wife.  When Andy is found near the scene of his wife's and her lover's murders, he is arrested, charged, and convicted.  He is sentenced to prison for the rest of his life (like Dantes), and it is unclear if he committed the crime.

While in prison, Andy meets a wise old confidant (Red) just like Dantes makes contact with and befriends Abbe Faria in the cell next to him. Both men escape from prison--Dantes near the beginning of the novel and Andy near the end of the novella.

Another similarity is that Andy and Dantes seek revenge upon those who wronged them.  While Dantes's desire for revenge is certainly more pronounced than Andy's, both men seek to right not only the injustices that they have experienced but also the injustices that others have faced.

At the end of both tales, the protagonists realize that revenge isn't everything.  They help their new loyal friends and remain wealthy enough to live in peace in exotic locations.

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