A review by sigynmoon
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas père
adventurous dark mysterious slow-paced
- Plot- or character-driven? A mix
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? It's complicated
- Diverse cast of characters? No
- Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated
Graphic: Racism and Slavery
Moderate: Sexual violence, Sexual assault, Torture, Misogyny, Suicide attempt, and Suicide
The protagonist keeps a slave who is often referred to with racist terms. The protagonist is written like a hero, so the fact he has a slave (who he dehumanizes) is very uncomfortable. There is also quite a lot of orientalism. As for the sexual assault,
Torture is a theme in the book at times although I cannot remember if it ever gets graphic (I am fairly certain it doesn't.), the book is quite misogynistic in nature on how the female characters are treated
Spoilerthere is a story told where a woman is taken by bandits and raped. She is also then killed by her lover, which the book portrays as a mercy killing. This is very upsetting. There is also an attempted abduction with intentions to rape after, although the girl is saved.
Suicide is a theme throughout the book including suicidal thoughts and various attempts. There are characters who also do go through with it.