The Count of Monte Cristo is an old story of revenge by Alexandre Dumas. In the book the main character, Edmond Dantes is betrayed by the people who he called his friends. He spends the next fourteen years of his life in jail, but then escapes and spends the next few years planning to take revenge on him. Although he never actually physically hits or punches his enemies, he does hit them with his plan, n, and Dempsey and Firpo by George Bellows portray how he does this exactly.
The Count knows that he must prepare his body like a boxer, be mentally prepared for his “match”, and that he needs to believe he will win if he truly wants to win. Every athlete knows that training and preparing the body is one of the most important things you have to do before going out to perform at your best level. The boxers in Dempsey and Firpo trained extensively before their match and turned their bodies into machines that can work at high intensity and take a lot of damage before stopping.
Just like the boxers in the ring Dantes rigorously trains, after he escaped prison, to become a master at things like sword fighting, and pistol shooting, but what many people forget is that the real fight is a mental one. “It’s necessary to have wished for detor to know how good it is to live”. Each of those boxers had to prepare their minds to be able to step into that ring and face each other.
“When you compare the sorrows of real-life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.” This Quote shows that only he who has mental preparation will win in the end.
But it’s the fighter who not only has mental toughness but the guy who can impose his will on the other that wins. Just like the boxer with the stronger mentality Dantes trains his mind. He becomes a master of economics, medicine, science, human psychology, different languages, and organization to name a few. Dantes mentally dominates his enemies and that is why he can beat them one by one. Each one of Dantes Dantes’ss hurt him in a way that is beyond forgiveness. He takes their blows personally just like a boxer does with each punch thrown. A boxer takes revenge on his opponent for them thinking that they are better and trying to take away his right to success. Dantes takes revenge on his enemies for their jealousy and for their taking away of the promising future he had, a future that would have probably had continued successes. “There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.” By using the anger he had he was able to unleash a punishment on them that broke them. This is part of being mentally prepared. Unfortunately in the painting one of the boxers is hit out of the ring and falls onto the innocent bystanders. Dantes’s revenge eventually reaches out and gets Eduard killed, who was only a child and innocent. “The second World War is the thwidestde ranging all-out war in recorded history. The war mobilized enormous human and material resources.” (page 348) Dantes’s revenge is similar to the second world war. He uses all the resources he has to defeat his enemies with innocent people getting hurt because of his actions.
After he wins his battle Dantes goes off into the sunset to live out the rest of his life. He does not make a big show or spectacle of his victory and he doesn’t gloat about it. The boxer who wins his match gets his hand raised and walks off knowing that he did everything in his power that allowed him to win and that his hard work was what paid off. Even the loser in the boxing match can take solace in knowing that even though he lost he did all that he could and did everything he could and they can use that hard work and dedication in other parts of their life. The circumstances aren’t the same for the enemies of Dantes, they can’t fall back on their work ethic but, Danglars was at least given the chance to change his life to be a more positive one after his release.