The cycle of books comes and goes in an English class, each one filled with a different story, perspective, and world to dive in. The memories and horrors of war from “All Quiet on the Western Front” drifts away and another time period has begun with revenge, love, jealousy, and strength from “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. I’m already one chapter in and there is already drama sneaking around from every corner. During the reign of Napoleon of France, a young had the perfect life until what I like to call “The Back Stab” happened. Think of it like this: You are a 19 year old and you just got a new car, became the boss of the job of your dreams, about to get married, and about to see your father who you haven’t seen for so many years. Sounds good right? Well, during the wedding, the FBI rushes into the room right before you can say “I do,” then they whisk you away to a prison on an island in the middle of some ocean. Edmond Dantes, the main character of “The Count of Monte Cristo,” had to experience EVERY SINGLE BIT of that. You can’t even imagine the suffering he had to go through. But there is a part of him that will never be taken away from him: his determination.
Posted in ReFramed: Theriault 13/14
- Tagged Alexandre Dumas, Betrayal, Caderousse, Confidence, Danglars, Dantes, Determination, Enemies, English Class, Faria, Fernand, France, Jealousy, Katy Perry, Mercedes, Part of Me, strength, The Count of Monte Cristo
I really love this book, “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. There are so many twists to the plot. One of the main characters that impacts the entire French Revolution is Madame Therese Defarge. SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read this book yet, I’m going to be revealing a lot of info and if you don’t like spoilers, just read the book : D! Anyways, Madame Defarge’s history is extremely terrible and intense. Madame Defarge is related to the Fates from Greek Mythology because she is always knitting and she records people’s names while she knits. At first, she may seem like the devil who just loves killing and destroying everything. My entire class, including myself, thought that she was a crazy lunatic who just murders everyone she hates, specifically the upper class aristocracy. Later on in the story, her reasons for her anger and massacring actions are revealed. When Doctor Alexandre Manette was younger, he experienced something he will never forget and wrote a journal to document it. While Dr. Manette was walking down the road, he was met by two gentlemen rushing down the road in a carriage. They asked him to check up on other two people and they rushed into a mansion. The first person Dr. Manette was asked to cure was a young lady with a very high fever and wouldn’t stop shrieking and crying. The young lady, who was once very beautiful and was not much past her twenties, had her arms bound to her sides with male clothing and kept wildly repeating, “My husband, my father, and my brother!” Then she counted up to twelve and said, “Hush!” Dr. Manette gave the lady some medicine and calmed her down a little bit. The two gentlemen who picked up Dr. Manette brought him to their next patient, a handsome peasant boy who was around seventeen years old. The resilient boy had a sword-thrust around his heart and was beyond saving. With his life ebbing away, the teenager tells Dr. Manette that the screeching lady was his sister and she was betrothed a good young man. According to the dying boy, his sister got married to the man, but the good man had an extremely detestable brother who admired the wife’s beauty. The evil brother kidnapped the young lady and raped her for his own pleasure and diversion. When the young lady’s father (it would really be helpful if I knew their names Mr. Charles Dickens -_-) heard about his daughter getting raped, his heart burst and was gone. The seventeen year old boy sneaked into the house and tried to kill the man who had raped his sister, but all he earned was a stab near his heart. After the boy died, telling his story to Dr. Manette, Dr. Manette returned to the raped sister who wouldn’t stop screaming and stayed with her for many hours. Once the sister had past away, the people of the mansion wanted to pay Dr. Manette for his services, but he rejected the gold offer. When Dr. Manette returned home, he was met by the wife of the Marquis St. Evremonde, who was guilty of her husband’s actions (killing the teenager and raping his sister) and wanted to take in the second sister, only to find that the second sister was missing or had fled to survive. This younger sister of the raped lady and stabbed teenage boy, was Madame Therese Defarge. Wow…that was a long summary of that section of the book. Now that you know the basics behind the French Revolution and Madame Defarge’s reasons, I will get on with relating this subject to this song: Roar by Katy Perry!
I love both the music video and it’s lyrics a lot! xD Alrighty then, let’s get down to business (To fight…the NOBLES)!
Posted in ReFramed: Theriault 13/14
- Tagged A Tale of Two Cities, Confidence, Courage, Dr.Manette, English Class, French Revolution, Katy Perry, Madame Defarge, Roar, School, strength