Celebrate and share your love for great works of literature with Icons of Literature posters! Each poster in the series includes the name, author, and publication date of a particular work, along with a selected portion of the text (or the full text in the case of short poems) that captures the spirit of the work as a whole. Perfect for ELA and literature classrooms of all grade levels, or even for the home of a literature enthusiast, Icons of Literature posters are a fantastic way to display your love for language and the art of the written word.
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About the literature featured on this poster-
In writing The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas touched one of the fundamental chords to which the human soul vibrates: the desire for justice. No one can read of the sufferings of Edmond Dantes and deny that those who betrayed him deserve to be punished. And yet, who has the right to administer this punishment? God alone is an impartial judge, but if a man takes his own revenge, does he not become an instrument of God’s judgment? Is there not justice in the ancient maxim “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”?
Full Text of Poster-
The Count of Monte Cristo
-Alexandre Dumas, 1844
He stood at the doorway of love and happiness
“Edmond and Mercédès were clasped in each other’s arms. The burning Marseilles sun, which shot into the room through the open door, covered them with a flood of light. They saw nothing around them. Their intense happiness isolated them from all the rest of the world.”
But his enemies conspired against him
“Absence severs as well as death” said Danglars, “and if the walls of a prison were between Edmond and Mercédès they would be as effectually separated as if he lay under a tombstone.” Fernand rose impatiently. “I hate him! I confess it openly. Find the means, I will execute it.”
The anguish he suffered was beyond description
“Edmond stood alone in darkness and in silence—cold as the shadows that he felt breathe on his burning forehead. With the first dawn of day the jailer returned. He found the prisoner in the same position, as if fixed there, his eyes swollen with weeping. He had passed the night standing, and without sleep.”
And he saw his revenge as God’s justice
“And now,” said the unknown man, “farewell kindness, humanity, and gratitude! Farewell to all the feelings that expand the heart! I have been Heaven’s substitute to recompense the good—now the god of vengeance yields to me his power to punish the wicked!”
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
“Listen,” said the count, and deep hatred mounted to his face. “If a man had by excruciating tortures destroyed your father, your mother, your betrothed, is it sufficient for him to escape with a few moments of physical pain? Are there not crimes for which no tortures are adequate?”