Dantès begins to behave like a newborn animal, watching Faria closely and quickly adopting the old priest’s behavior.
He shows his willingness to establish filial ties with the older man implicitly, by rushing at him with love and gratitude, as well as explicitly, by declaring that he shall love Faria as he loves his father.
After Danglars deceives the leaders of France and frames Edmond Dantes, Dantes is put into prison for fourteen years. He does so by entrapping Danglars in a “chalky stone grotto (Dumas 1218).” Edmond Dantes’ revenge on Danglars was not as bad as the original wrong in which Danglars first committed.
By doing so, it was a compromise between the Bible, which says to forgive your neighbor who sins against you, and the laws of the ancient times, which say to exact precise justice and revenge.
Plato’s true utopia idea of Revenge would be an equal punishment inflicted upon the original sinner.
This concept is also present in the Count of Monte Cristo.
Simply hearing Faria scratching from the adjoining cell makes Dantès abandon his morose, passive resolution to starve himself to death, which he quickly replaces with a vibrant, resourceful willfulness.
Dantès becomes figuratively reborn through his contact with Faria, a metaphor Dumas emphasizes by having Faria emerge headlong from a hole the two men dig in the wall.
This idea of revenge that they seek is usually to restore a balance and take an “eye for an eye” as the bible says.
Revenge, if by chance everyone were in Plato’s perfect utopia, would be in a perfect form, where justice and revenge would be one, and the coined phrase an “eye for an eye” would be taken literally.