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As the story continues in Chapters VIII-XII of The Count of Monte Cristo continues, the web of lies landing Dantes in prison grows. Villefort rushes to meet King Louis XVIII in Paris, where he describes the Bonapartist plot. He learns that the police hunt for his father, but keeps his family ties a secret. We already know from the first set of chapters that he has burned the evidence of his father’s identity and that he did that at the expense of putting Danters in prison.

Villefort lies to hide his own guilt, and it resembles the biblical account in Genesis 39 where Potiphar’s wife claims that Joseph attempted to seduce her rather than face the rejection of Joseph not responding to her advances. Joseph also ends up in jail due to false accusations. Unfortunately, these people care more about their comfort and status (both have high esteem in court) than how their wrongdoing might affect someone else. Both Villefort and Potiphar know their actions lead to imprisonment yet withhold the truth. This serves as a good reminder that the commandment to not lie exists for good reason. Many people convince themselves a white lie or lie of omission doesn’t hold the potential to harm or isn’t considered a lie, but that involves believing a lie. The language of lies still creates a world, in these cases one where the falsely accused get confined by the lies of others.

In Joseph’s biblical story, his imprisonment ultimately proves fruitful as he gets delivered from his cell and witnesses God’s hand in it. Perhaps Dantes ultimately find a similar twist to his fate where what others intend for bad turns out as good in the end. Maybe he will provide for those who harmed him like Joseph did for his brothers who left him and led to his enslavement in Egypt. However, a main theme in this story revolves around revenge. Perhaps Dantes doesn’t overcome his pride and hurt the way Joseph does.