Don’t give in to temptation, don’t give in to temptation….Oops, too late.

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.

Cheesecake

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.

Chips

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.

Food more than people

 

-Cinnamon Roll.

Friends – They’re More Important Than You Think

Friends

Things that used to pop up in my head when I thought of the word ‘friend’ were someone that shares common interests with you, someone that makes you smile, and someone who makes your day great. It was someone who you can spend all day with and never be bored for a second. Someone who enjoys your company and really understands you. Someone who has seen your good side and your bad side and accepts you for who you are. Someone who’s been there when you needed a shoulder to cry on or a tight embrace. Someone who you respect and care for.

I thought that was all friends were for. However, when I began reading the book, The Count of Monte Cristo, I’ve added another pretty big reason that why we all need friends. It’s a crucial, yet simple reason why we depend so much on our friends that I’m actually a bit shocked I haven’t noticed this earlier. Friends cure us from our loneliness. They keep us from feeling isolated from others; from feeling that no one else in this world knows who I am.

A couple chapters into this book, an old man named Abbe Faria meets with the young main character, Edmond Dantes, after attempting to dig a hole through the walls to escape the prison they’ve both been stuck in for countless years. On their first meeting, Dantes throws his arms around Faria in happiness, despite not knowing anything about the man. This shows Dantes’ eagerness to have company after being all alone in his own cell for so long. Although they’re generations apart, they’ve found friendship through the common goal of escaping. They worked together for over a year in order to achieve that goal, and through that time, they’ve gotten closer. But through this time, Faria’s aging comes with a horrible illness, which gives him intense, crazy attacks. It is because of this that Faria tells Dantes to leave him there and to escape and be free. He sincerely insists that Dantes should go on his own, being strong and young. Dantes completely refuses though, not having an ounce of desire to go without his fellow companion. This new devotion shows how strong their friendship has grown, and also how much they don’t want to be lonely again.

“‘You’re my son!’ cried the old man. ‘You’re the child of my captivity. My profession condemned me to celibacy, but God sent you to me to console both the man who could not be a father and the prisoner who could not be free.'” Before Dantes met Faria, being alone in his prison cell dragged him into a state of depression and misery, where he even thought of suicide. In fact, he was in the process of starving himself when he heard Faria through the walls. If it wasn’t for Faria, then our main character, Dantes, would probably have died already. It’s hard to think about, but although this is a fictional work, this does happen in real life. People sink into depression and lose all hope in life. All they really need is help from a friend. A comforting hand, someone to just by their side and help them live their life. A little time and effort are all it takes.

-Cinnamon Roll.

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