Edmond Dantes, who is also known as the Count of Monte Cristo, is troubled, betrayed, manipulative, and intelligent. All of these traits are of a Byronic hero.
In this project, I will state how and why Edmond Dantes is a Byronic hero.
Troubled and Tramatized
Dantes comes from a very troubled past. He was hated by his enemy Danglars and envied by Fernand Mondego. As a cost of these two men, he was put in prison for 14 years. "The thought that death brings release from suffering led him to the idea of suicide" (Dumas 42). While in prison, Edmond contemplates the idea of killing himself. Right hen he decides, he learns of a prisoner who has the plans to escape. After prison he finds out that his father has died of starvation and his fiance gets married to his foe, Fernand."Oh Mercedes, I've spoken your name with sighs of melancholy, shrieks of pain, with groans of despair" (Dumas 377). When meeting Mercedes for the first time after prison as Edmond Dantes, he tells her of his suffering and traumatic experience in prison without her.