Oh, temptation. It’s the reason why Adam and Eve were sinned, why Odysseus took so long to get back home in Ithaca after the fall of Troy, and it’s also the reason why you just can’t help but indulge that big slice of creamy cheesecake sitting on the table. You know what I mean.
The theme temptation is used in many stories, new or old, and creates an interesting plot. I also saw it in the book Count of Monte Cristo, which I completely recommend you read if you haven’t done so already. I think Dumas is such an amazing and intelligent writer for finding logical ways to interrelate so many characters in the story. It’s like one of those super emotional Korean dramas written in text. Seriously, only without as many sappy love scenes and more action and plot twists. One of my favorite characters of the story is Caderousse, one of the big bad guys in the story. Not because I like greedy, lazy men, but because he’s the embodiment of the theme: temptation.
After escaping the Chateau d’If and receiving his fortune from the Isle of Monte Cristo, main character Edmond Dantes goes back to his hometown as Abbe Busoni, one of his alter egos, in order to find out what happened while he was gone. After talking to Caderousse, who at the time was a poor innkeeper, Edmond gave Caderousse a 5o,ooo frac diamond as a reward for being a ‘good friend’ to Dantes. But even after receiving the expensive diamond, greedy Caderousse and his wife wanted more. When they met the jeweler, Madame Caderousse was the first one who thought of having him stay at the inn for “other purposes”. But although Caderousse initially was shocked and was completely against this idea, he eventually became the one that murdered both Madame Caderousse and the jeweler, took back the diamond, grabbed more banknotes and gold from a cupboard, and escaped into the darkness. All because of his greed and temptation, the same temptation that tells you that you’re not satisfied with just that one slice of cheesecake. Maybe just one more slice…. The same thing happens with chips, or at least for me. You can’t just have one chip. Or two for that matter. You’ll always want more, no matter how many you eat.
Caderousse will always want more money, no matter how much money good fortune brings to his door. And he wasn’t tempted just once in the story either. The second time he was tempted led to his death. He was talking to his fellow convict Benedetto (Andrea Cavalcanti), in which he told Caderousse that the Count wasn’t going to be at home the next day. Knowing the fact that the Count was extremely rich and wasn’t going to be at home propelled him to steal into the house at midnight, not knowing that the Count was given a warning and was actually there as well. After confronting him with his alter ego Abbe Busoni however, he let him go, to have him be stabbed by Benedetto himself.
So, what does this teach us? Not to give in to temptation and greed. When it comes to food, giving in to temptation once in a while is okay, but the same doesn’t apply to crime. Stay in school, kids. And always love food.