Which protagonist in each book best copes with his journey of self discovery threw a moral and beneficial lense? In this essay I will compare both I Am The Messenger and The Count of Monte Cristo to determine which protagonist better represents his journey of self discovery. In my opinion I think that overall Ed Kennedy from I Am The Messenger best confronts his journey of self discovery threw a moral and beneficial lense because Ed realizes at the end of his journey that after helping and improving other people’s lives around town, threw secret messages, he isn’t the messenger he’s the actual message. In the case of The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes ultimately learns that as he wreaks havoc in the lives of the guilty, he also causes mayhem and devastation in the lives of the innocent. I will discuss and elaborate on three different aspects of the book, the protagonist’s journey, their motivation, and the various conflicts they face while on the journey. In The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes a 19 year lad, who is yet to become captain of a ship (Pharaon) is engaged to a kind and beautiful girl named Mercedes. Almost everyone he knows likes him. This perfect life, however stirs up some serious and dangerous jealousy among some of Dantes so called friends.
Danglars is envious because he was suppose to become captain but Monsieur Morrel (previous captain) gave that position to Dante’s, he also envies Dantes early success, Fernand Mondego is in love with Dantes fiance and Dantes neighbour Caderousse is simply jealous that Dantes is so much better in life than he is. Together these three men draft a letter accusing Dantes of treason. Dantes is carrying a letter from Napoleon to a group of Bonapartist sympathizers in Paris. Though Dantes himself has no political status, the flawed justice system there is enough to charge him for treason. On the day of his wedding Dantes gets jailed for his alleged crimes. While Dante’s is in prison he meets an italian priest named Abbe Faria. Faria teaches Dantes philosophy, science, history and foreign languages, turning him into a well educated man.
Abbe Faria also fits in quite well with the mentor archetype. Long story short Abbe Faria dies and Dantes Escapes prison. Before Passing away Faria tells Dante’s about a secret treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo. Dante’s makes his way to the land and finds the treasure.
He considers his fortune a gift from God, given to him for the sole purpose of rewarding those who have tried to help him and, more importantly, punishing those who have hurt him. Dantes is now set for revenge but he can’t simply go back as Edmond Dantes so he disguises himself in several characters. Edmond disguises himself as the Count of Monte Cristo, Sinbad the Sailor, the Chief Clerk of Thomson and French, Abbe Busoni, Lord Wilmore, and M. Zaccone. Sometimes he assumes a different role within a matter of minutes.
These names may bear witness to Edmond’s imagination and resourcefulness. Here is how Edmond is described by Albert de Morcerf (“Oh, father,” said Albert, smiling, “you clearly do not know the Count of Monte Cristo”He finds satisfaction elsewhere than in the things of this world and does not aspire to any honours, taking only those that can fit on his passport.”) Long story short Dante’s ends up getting his revenge but hurts other in the process of setting out justice for himself. In the beginning Edmond was kind, innocent, honest, and loving, however during his time in prison he becomes bitter and vengeful as he obsesses over the wrongs done against him. It is not until Dantes finds love again. Dantes finds a relationship with Haydee, and that allows him to reconnect to his own humanity and begin to live a sane and moral life.
Now as for I Am The Messenger, Ed Kennedy a 19 year old cab driver is living a pretty useless and boring life until Ed and his friends (Marv, Audrey) are involved in a bank robbery. Long story short the gunman drops his gun and Ed picks it up and saves the day. Ed later on has to show up to trial with the robber, and the robber threatens to kill him.
Ed doesn’t pay attention to it and shrugs the threat off his shoulder. He goes home and throughout the story he receives theses cards (ace of diamonds, hearts, clubs) with cryptic addresses on them. Ed basically goes to each one of these addresses and helps people struggling with various issues. For example Ed is sent to do all kinds of things for people, from buying ice cream for a poor, rundown mom, to filling up an empty church for a cool priest by announcing a bake sale.
He also buys new Christmas lights for a random family whos struggling , Ed gets two brothers to stop picking on each other, and helps a movie theater owner revive his old business. In the end Ed learns from a series of cards and assignments, he sees that his own identity is gradually changing. Ed knows he’s done nothing of value with his life, and his mom constantly reminds him of that, but by caring about the people on the cards, Ed tries to become somebody who matters. This is why Ed Kennedy better copes with his journey of self discovery whereas Edmond Dante’s expresses some regret at the end.Motivation is the drive, energy, and impulse to act.
Motivation itself is not an emotion but it is the purpose of all emotions, meaning that all emotions serve to motivate us to perform some kind of action. If a person isn’t motivated to do something he simply can’t do it. Now let’s take a look at Ed Kennedy from I am the Messenger. Courage in I Am the Messenger isn’t an inclination however way you tend to act. In spite of the fact that you may feel scared or debilitated, you can in any case carry on dauntlessly, despite everything you do.
Ed doesn’t wind up plainly unafraid while managing the messages he’s sent, rather he just figures out the proper behavior to counteract that fearfulness . For Ed valor is connected to fearlessness, as he makes a move all throughout the book. Ed’s trust in his identity and how he needs to be as a proper citizen develops as well.
So boldness and courage has numerous advantages in this book, helping both in the general population whose lives Ed ventures into, aswell has Ed himself along the way. As for The Count Monte Cristo Revenge is what ideally motivates Edmond Dantes. Revenge is everywhere in The Count of Monte Cristo. Regardless of what the circumstances, regardless of who is talking. The shear aspect of revenge prowls in the corners, driving the story forward. As a reader you sit tight, pondering when you’ll see the Count get his retaliation, and how he will get it. At the book’s end, we need to ask ourselves, as Edmond asks himself, in case we’re happy with the way things turn out. Was the vengeance beneficial? Is it accurate to say that it was all Dantes trusted it would be? I believe Dantes has a much stronger base for motivation here.
Dantes has lost much more than Ed. Dantes has ended up losing his fiancee, spending 14 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and has been betrayed by his so called friends whereas Ed is just trying to make his miserable life better, but Ed does it in a moral way and Edmond has immoral intentions. This is why I Am the messenger a has a better representation of self journey threw a moral and beneficial lense. A character may get himself or herself in strife with a characteristic power, for example, a creature or a climate occasion, similar to a tropical storm. This is what conflict is in a story. The purpose of conflict is to create tension and pressure throughout the story leaving the readers more interested and engaged.
Throughout the course of the book I am the Messenger there are several big conflicts. Ed Kennedy has several tasks that he must take care of on a regular bases, most if not all include quite a bit of conflict. Ed comes across several different people throughout the story. Ed comes across various person vs person conflicts. For example he must help a woman from her abusive/rapist husband, he encounters an elderly lady who thinks Ed is her old husband, and Ed also has to confront a teenage girl and show her how to take control of her life as well as teaching her how to express confidence. Ed Kennedy also encounters some conflict with himself (person vs self). In the beginning of the story Ed is a very self conscious and overthinks everything. Throughout the novel he overcomes this by mentally changing his perspective.
He puts himself into crazy situations he would originally avoid and not get into. A prime example of this is when Ed is tasked to go to Edgar Street, upon arrival he witnesses a women getting raped by her husband. Ed eventually chickens out and goes home, however the second time he visits Edgar Street he steps in and helps out the girl and tells the abusive husband to leave town and never comeback. This shows Ed overcoming his self consciousness. Throughout The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes faces several conflicts. Dantes faces person vs self in prison, he has to keep himself from going insane whilst maintaining his mental stability as well as keeping his calm whilst befriending the very men who put him in jail. Dantes also faces person vs nature.
Edmond has to combat the seas while sailing as well as having to swim for at least a mile after escaping the infamous prison Chateau d’If. Edmond however when facing person vs person conflict is a bit careless and selfish. For example when getting his revenge from Mondego who by the way has married Mercedes, he ends up ruining Mercedes’s life by exposing Mondego of betraying his friend Ali Pacha and selling his daughter into slavery. Mondego ends up committing suicide leaving Mercedes all alone. When facing Danglars he literally robs him of everything leaving him penniless. As for Villefort, Edmond takes advantage of his murderous wife convincing and teaching her how to poison him but she ends up poisoning the whole household including innocent people. This is why Ed Kennedy copes better with the conflicts he faces unlike Edmond Dantes who becomes a bitter and vengeful character.In conclusion, I Am The Messenger best displays and represents a protagonist’s journey of self discovery threw a moral and beneficial lense.
As we have analyzed the journey in I Am The Messenger is much more moral and beneficial to the protagonist (Ed Kennedy) whearsas in The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes develops hatred and a thirst for revenge. The Motivational aspect was much stronger in The Count of Monte Cristo whereas the motivation was there in I Am The Messenger but it wasn’t screaming out enough. Finally the conflict, Ed Kennedy better confronts his conflict and benefits from it whereas Edmond Dante’s tries to do justice for himself and take over God’s job which results in innocent people getting harmed. Therefore I Am The Messenger best represents a protagonist’s journey of self discovery threw a moral and beneficial lense.