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Themes

Justice in this novel is whatever the King says it is, which of course makes us wonder exactly how just the system is. Unlike what we saw in The Three Musketeers, justice in The Man in the Iron Mask is a subjective issue.

Questions About Justice and Judgment

  1. Why does Philippe say that his arrest is just?
  2. Is King Louis XIV a just king?
  3. Was Fouquet treated in a just manner?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Not a single character in the novel receives a just punishment.

No one is concerned with justice in the novel.

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