How Does Dantes Manipulate Caderousse's Life

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After Dantes’ escape from prison, Dantes has been able to manipulate Caderousse’s life. From Chapter 16 to Chapter 46, Dantes has been able to create events that build up to Caderousse’s current state. Dantes has started manipulating Caderousse’s life when he gave Caderousse a diamond while under the alias of Abbe Busoni. “This diamond was to be divided among Edmond’s friends, but he had only one friend. Take it and sell it.” (110). Knowing well about Caderousse’s character, Dantes has enabled Caderousse to let greed take over him and commit a murder, allowing Caderousse to become acquainted with Benedetto while in jail. Not only has Dantes caused Caderousse to be in jail, he also liberated Caderousse from prison along with Benedetto. “‘So this Englishman was your protector, is that right?’ ‘No, he was the protector of a young Corsican, my companion in chains.’”(335). This ensured that Caderousse and Benedetto will still have a connection even after prison which also ensured Caderousse’s death because of Benedetto’s betrayal. Even …show more content…
After Caderousse’s failed attempt at robbing the Count’s manor, he dies from the hands of Benedetto. Though unknown to Benedetto, Dantes had witnessed the murder but allowed Caderousse to walk into his death. Dantes justifies his lack of help by reasoning that “If I had found you humble and repentant I might have saved your life, but I found you haughty and bloodthirsty and I allowed God’s will to be done.” (342). Dantes explains this as his reasoning because of the man he is and his experiences. Dantes is a man who believes that he has the power to punish those he deems deserving of it. This is because he was stripped away from his happiness yet he still was able to bring fortune to close friends like Monsieur Morrel. He hopes because of this that “the God of vengeance now yield me His place to punish the wicked!”

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