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The Count of Monte Cristo Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Count of Monte Cristo

Those who are not daunted by its length (117 chapters and 1,500 pages) discover in The Count of Monte Cristo a riveting adventure novel, nothing like the dry philosophizing we come to expect from "the classics." From the first chapters, in which our protagonist is falsely accused of treason and thrown in jail on his wedding day, the action races from one dramatic (and not necessarily believable) scene to the next. We have drugs with nearly magical powers, cold-blooded murders of all kinds, unbelievable coincidences, secret love affairs, betrayal in its every shade, impregnable prisons, shipwrecks and smugglers, and of course, the treasure of Monte Cristo - a...

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