The Influence Of Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet On Dumas' The Count Of Monte Cristo

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Alexandre Dumas, author of The Count of Monte Cristo , was greatly influenced by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet . He used Shakespeare's way of using poison to incorporate one's love and perseverance to be with their true love. Alexandre Dumas was born on July 24, 1802 and started writing books and performances in 1822, he was inspired by William Shakespeare, Lord George Gordon Byron, and Sir Walter Scott . William Shakespeare was his greatest inspiration, Shakespeare's work influenced Dumas's book, The Count of Monte Cristo. The use of poison, perseverance, and hatred in The Count of Monte Cristo were all influenced by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
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Poison plays a huge role in showing love between two people by emphasizinig what someone would do to be with their only true love, and both authors did a great job of using that.
Alexandre Dumas was inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to use perseverance in The Count of Monte Cristo. Perseverance is a continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation, Romeo and Juliet use perseverance to be with one another and share each other's love. Both of their families hate each other because they're arch enemies, The Montaques and The Capulets, and they try to persevere through all the hate. Alexandre Dumas writes about how The Count tells Maximillien and Valentine to wait and hope and everything will finally come together. Edmond's life is full of hardships, like the episode when he spent 11 years in the dungeon, he simply uses patience, will power, and intelligence to push him through so he can be a successful and well honored man . Edmond perseveres so he can get what he wants, like in Romeo and Juliet. All Romeo and Juliet want is to share each other's love and they want their families to be okay with the fact that their son/daughter is in love with an enemy. Even though, their families never accept it, they still get married and fall in love.

Hatred is a powerful thing and is very hard to control. It plays a huge role in The Count of Monte Cristo and Romeo and Juliet, which Shakespeare influenced Alexandre Dumas to use in his writings. In Romeo and Juliet, The Montaques hated The Capulets, vice versa, the two rival families couldn't stand the sight of one another. The feud started long before Romeo or Juliet were born and was still going on during their encounter, the...

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