The Count of Monte Cristo

What roles do history and politics play in the opening of the story?

Chapter 1

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Significant in this first chapter is the tribute paid to Napoleon. The action takes place during 1815 when Napoleon is in exile on the Island of Elba. Through M. Morrel's excitement at the mention of the Emperor's name, one sees Dumas' respect for the former Emperor. Additionally, the deceased Captain is accorded a proper burial which befits his rank and legacy in Napoleon's army. Dumas' father was also a close friend and General of Napoleon's. Perhaps this influenced Dumas to make such a social commentary by honoring the Captain. War heroes were to be venerated.