Dumas stories, while on the surface are tales of courage, romance, and adventure are also masterfully woven with transcendent symbolism that applies to every man, woman, and child on the planet.
Who better to start off with than Alexandre Dumas? He has created many timeless novels that have been adopted into plays and movies. No matter what your age is you have been exposed to his work through cartoons, literature, television, and movies.
The crazy thing is most people have NO IDEA that these stories were created by a black man!
The great Alexandre Dumas, one of the most widely read authors in the world, and without doubt the most widely read French author in the world contributed numerous literary works to the world including many classic novels. Some of his most famous novels include The Count of Monte Crisco, The Three Musketeers, and The Man in The Iron Mask.
|Dumas father, nicknamed "Black Devil", "Diable Noir" in French|
Dumas had aristocratic bloodlines through his
father Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, a general and war hero under the emperor Napoléon. His father was a mulatto, the son of a French nobleman and an Afro-Caribbean woman from San Domingo (Haiti). Dumas father was raised in France as a nobleman. He rose to the ranks of general in Napoléon's army before falling out of the emperor's favor after becoming critical of him. Many of Dumas stories would be inspired by his father's exploits and adventures.
Alexandre Dumas père was born on 24 July 1802 in the village of Villers-Cotterêts, just outside of Paris, France. Alexandres' grandfather, the Marquis Alexandre Davy de La Pailleterie (1710-1786) married a slave he fell in love with in San Domingo (Haiti) named Marie Louise Césette Dumas. Alexandre's father Thomas took her last name when he himself enlisted with the French army. After a falling out with Napoléon due to his criticism of the Egypt campaign, and a long imprisonment which left him in poor health, Thomas returned returned home a broken man with no pension. After his death the family was left in dire financial straits. Alexandre's mother could not afford to provide an education for Dumas and he was not able to attend college. Dumas read every book that he could find.
In 1822 Dumas set off for Paris and was soon immersed in literary life. He worked as a scribe for the duc d'Orléans, later to be King Louis Philippe when the 1830 revolution which Dumas père participated in ousted King Charles X. Through this connection he met several playwrights and began writing his own succesful plays. They were a decided change from the Neoclassic style that dominated Parisian stages at the time.
|Dumas in Moorish garb|
Dumas had a son named after him with his lover Marie Laure Catherine Labay who also became a successful author and playwright, being admitted to the Académie française in 1874.
Dumas continued to put out an impressive amount of essays, short stories, and novels. With the success of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers he sought a place of refuge to concentrate on further writings. He bought land and built the Château de Monte Cristo (nicknamed Château d'If complete with an extravagant Moorish room) in Port Marly, Yvelines, France, now a museum. There he worked when not lavishly entertaining guests, but it was not long before he had to sell it when his debts grew too much.
Dumas loved women and lived larger than life. He traveled the world and his adventures inspired many of his stories. While he made a considerable amount of money during his lifetime he was unable to amass a fortune as he had a tendency to circulate more money than he earned (he accumulated debt). Later in life his son Alexandre took care of him financially.
Alexandre Dumas died on 5 December 1870 at his son's villa in Puys, near Dieppe, France. He was buried in the cemetery of Villers-Cotterêts, but as of the year 2002 he now rests in the Panthéon in Paris, among other such notable French literary giants as Émile Zola, Victor Hugo, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Voltaire.
Dumas stories, while on the surface are tales of courage, romance, and adventure are also masterfully woven with transcendent symbolism that applies to every man, woman, and child on the planet. To gain a better understanding on what I mean. Listen to what master metaphysician Neville Goddard has to say about Dumas classic The Count of Monte Crisco. Below Neville gives a brief synopsis of key points in the novel followed by the metaphysical meaning. Each Synopsis is followed by the metaphysician Neville's Commentary in Bold:
True clairvoyance rests,' not in your ability to see things beyond the range of human vision, but rather in your ability to understand that which you see…To illustrate this point, here is a story with which the whole world is familiar, yet only the true mystic or clairvoyant has ever really seen it.SYNOPSISThe story of Dumas’ “Count of Monte Cristo” is, to the mystic and true clairvoyant, the biography of every man.IEdmond Dantés, a young sailor, finds the captain of his ship dead. Taking command of the ship in the midst of a storm-swept sea, he attempts to steer the ship into a safe anchorage.COMMENTARYLife itself is a storm-swept sea with which man wrestles as he tries to steer himself into a haven of rest.IIOn Dantés is a secret document which must be given to a man he does not know, but who will make himself known to the young sailor in due time. This document is a plan to set the Emperor Napoleon free from his prison on the Isle of Elba.COMMENTARYWithin every man is the secret plan that will set free the mighty emperor within himself.IIIAs Dantés reaches port, three men (who by their flattery and praise have succeeded in worming their way into the good graces of the present king), fearing any change that would alter their positions in the government, have the young mariner arrested and committed to the catacombs.
COMMENTARYMan in his attempt to find security in this world is misled by the false lights of greed, vanity and power. Most men believe that fame, great wealth or political power would secure them against the storms of life. So they seek to acquire these as the anchors of their life, only to find that in their search for these they gradually lose the knowledge of their true being. If man places his faith in things other than himself, that in which his faith is placed, will in time destroy him; at which time he will be as one imprisoned in confusion and despair.
IVHere in this tomb, Dantés is forgotten and left to rot. Many years pass. Then one day, Dantés (who is by this time a living skeleton) hears a knock on his wall. Answering this knock, he hears the voice of one on the other side of the stone. In response to this voice, Dantés removes the stone and discovers an old priest who has been in prison so long that no one knows the reason for his imprisonment or the length of time he has been there.
COMMENTARYHere behind these walls of mental darkness, man remains in what appears to be a living death. After years of disappointment, man turns from these false friends, and he discovers within himself the ancient one (his awareness of being) who has been buried since the day he first believed himself to be man and forgot that he was God.
The old priest had spent many years digging his way out of this living tomb only to discover that he had dug his way into Dantés’ tomb. He then resigns himself to his fate and decides to find his joy and freedom by instructing Dantés in all that he knows concerning the mysteries of life and to aid him to escape as well. Dantés, at first, is impatient to acquire all this information; but the old priest, with infinite patience garnered through his long imprisonment, shows Dantés how unfit he is to receive this knowledge in his present, unprepared, anxious mind. So, with philosophic calm, he slowly reveals to the young man the mysteries of life and time.
COMMENTARYThis revelation is so wonderful that when man first hears it he wants to acquire it all at once; but he finds that, after numberless years spent in the belief of being man, he has so completely forgotten his true identity that he is now incapable of absorbing this memory all at once. He also discovers that he can do so only in proportion to his letting go of all human values and opinions.
As Dantés ripens under the old priest’s instructions, the old man finds himself living more and more in the consciousness of Dantés. Finally, he imparts his last bit of wisdom to Dantés, making him competent to handle positions of trust. He then tells him of an inexhaustible treasure buried on the Isle of Monte Cristo. COMMENTARYAs man drops these cherished human values, he absorbs more and more of the light (the old priest), until finally he becomes the light and knows himself to be the ancient one. I AM the light of the world.VIIAt this revelation, the walls of the catacomb which separated them from the ocean above cave in, crushing the old man to death. The guards, discovering the accident, sew the old priest’s body into a sack and prepare to cast it out to sea. As they leave to get a stretcher, Dantés removes the body of the old priest and sews himself into the bag. The guards, unaware of this change of bodies, and believing him to be the old man, throw Dantés into the water.COMMENTARYThe flowing of both blood and water in the death of the old priest is comparable to the flow of blood and water from the side of Jesus as the Roman soldiers pierced him, the phenomenon which always takes place at birth (here symbolizing the birth of a higher consciousness).VIIIDantés frees himself from the sack, goes to the Isle of Monte Cristo and discovers the buried treasure. Then, armed with this fabulous wealth and this superhuman wisdom, he discards his human identity of Edmond Dantés and assumes the title of the Count of Monte Cristo.COMMENTARYMan discovers his awareness of being to be the inexhaustible treasure of the universe. In that day, when man makes this discovery, he dies as man and awakes as God. Yes, Edmond Dantés becomes The Count of Monte Cristo. Man becomes Christ.
- Neville Goddard
Your Faith is Your Fortune
Your Faith is Your Fortune
That's incredible. I wondered why the story from the film adaptation of the Count of Monte Cristo really had an impact on me when I watched it years ago. The underlying tones to the story apply to the rising up of the Christ within everyone. The truth that you seek is always all around you.
On that note I'll end with a quote from The Count of Monte Crisco.
Tell the angel who will watch over your future destiny, Morrel, to pray sometimes for a man, who like Satan thought himself for an instant equal to God, but who now acknowledges with Christian humility that God alone possesses supreme power and infinite wisdom. .... There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of living.
"Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget that until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,--"Wait and hope."
--Ch. 117, The Count of Monte Cristo
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