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 quality, such as eternal youth or in this case the ability to raise the dead or prevent death.  Since only God can use these powers, the owner of the elixir often suffers and Dantes is no exception.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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 quality, such as eternal youth or in this case the ability to raise the dead or prevent death.  Since only God can use these powers, the owner of the elixir often suffers and Dantes is no exception.

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