Screams echoed throughout Château d’If as Edmund Dantes was whipped on his fourteenth annual anniversary of imprisonment. Before escaping the jail, Edmund had suffered fourteen unfair years in the depths of Château d’If for being wrongly accused of a crime that he did not commit. Suffering plays a major role in The Count of Monte Cristo by setting the stage for the protagonist, Edmund Dantes, to have a passion for revenge, by robbing Dantes of his innocence, and by ultimately proving to Edmund that God never forsakes His people.
Through his experiences in prison, Edmund Dantes developed a fiery passion to punish those who has wronged him. As the movie portrays it, Edmund suffered through fourteen injustice years in the inhumane care of the prison’s warden and guards. Edmund was not only stripped away from his family, girlfriend, and captain status, but on top of all that, he was betrayed by someone he believed to be his best friend his whole life. He was accused for committing a crime that he did not do because of his best friend’s lustful desires to get Edmund’s girlfriend and his jealousy towards Edmund’s happiness and accomplishments. However, the impossible happen when Edmund came into contact with the highly trained and talented priest in prison. It was as if God’s hand was guiding Edmund to discover his true potential by giving him the education that he had not obtained through his former commoner status. After Edmund found a way out of the prison he discovered hidden treasure that made him really rich, became a count, got his girlfriend and son back, and was able to execute revenge on those who had wronged him. So through this suffering, Edmund Dantes was given a gift to become someone better, which enabled him to become more successful than he has ever been.
Edmund Dantes’s innocence was demolished when he was thrown into a world of suffering by people whom he trusted. His eyes were opened and he his innocence was shattered to pieces when he was finally aware of how the world actually was. He was taught a valuable lesson when he was unfairly punished; it was revealed to him that every person in the world has selfish desires and that there are some who will stop at nothing to fulfill that desire. The world isn’t perfect and Edmund was finally able to see this through his naïve pair of worldview glasses. Through his suffering Edmund was able to discover this valuable truth and escape prison as a changed man with many more talents than he formerly possessed.
God proved that He really does give justice when Dantes ended up more successful than he ever could have been after his painful experience at Château d’If. Throughout the movie, Edmund was depicted to have started to lose faith in God because of the things he let Edmund suffer through. However, as his faith was replenished by the priest’s wise words, Edmund was finally able to see that God had been with him all along. In his suffering, Dantes was able to become twice the man that he used to be. He was taught how to fight, how to read, how the world works, and through all that, he was able to use Edmund to carry out justice to the other men who would be evil in God’s eyes. It is true that Edmund was wrongly punished, but at the end, he was the winner and his friend was the loser.
Edmund Dantes was the victim of an injustice plot and had to spend much of his younger years being punished for no reason. However, through his suffering, Edmund developed a fiery passion to have revenge, was revealed how the world actually is, and had his faith strengthened through God’s reward after his years of suffering. He became twice the man he was through gaining knowledge and talents, and thus, became more successful than he could ever have been. After being blessed with a new life as a count and a beautiful family, Dantes must have believed that his suffering was worth everything that was to follow.