The Count of Monte Cristo Questions and Answers
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What are some possible symbols in The Count of Monte Cristo and what do they stand for?

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This story uses two symbols that are common in literature.  One is water or the sea.  In literature, water is often symbolic of a cleansing or rebirth.  By entering the sea after prison, Dantes is reborn with a symbolic baptism.  He is ready to start his life anew.

Another common literary symbol is the elixir.  An elixir is a miracle potion that can give a person some Godlike...

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