Teacher Guide

The Count of Monte Cristo Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Which Edition Should I Choose? 

As an immensely popular novel, The Count of Monte Cristo is available in a number of abridged and unabridged editions. It may be tempting to teach an abridged edition - after all, Dumas' original is well over 1,000 pages long!   However, assigning your students an abridged edition of this novel is likely to backfire. Unlike other long novels (War and Peace, Les Miserables), The Count of Monte Cristo is not known for lengthy philosophical digressions, which could be eliminated while leaving the plot mostly intact. Rather, Dumas is all story: fast-paced action, shocking twists and turns, all building up to immensely satisfying climaxes. At 500-700...

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