In the mid-1800s, a French sailor is unjustly imprisoned for fourteen years. He escapes, finds a fortune, and seeks revenge on the those who put him in prison.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
In “Napoleon Bonaparte: Revolutionary or Tyrant?” the passage recounts the life and legacy of the infamous French dictator and emperor.
The informational text “The Science of Solitary Confinement” explores the various ways in which inmates are impacted by solitary confinement.
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854B1900) was an Irish author and playwright who is most famous for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. “The Model Millionaire” is a about an average man whose generosity produces an unexpected outcome.
Frank Abagnale conned people for years in order to gain money and power. Although Abagnale was caught and sentenced to prison, he was released after five years in order to help the FBI identify other cases of fraud.
In this article, Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D., examines people like Frank Abagnale, the con artist, to determine whether or not the act of cheating—and getting away with it—can be a positive motivator.
In “A Poison Tree,” a speaker allows their hatred and anger to grow, like a poisonous tree.
In this passage, Bacon discusses the notion of revenge, why some seek it, and the consequences of this fixation.