The Man in the Iron Mask
by Alexandre Dumas
King Louis XIV as France, the Sun, etc.
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Kings are supposed to be the physical embodiment of their nation, and King Louis XIV uses this fact to his full advantage when arguing with his courtiers. On his way to being known as the "Sun King", Louis deliberately uses various metaphors for power to consolidate his rule as an absolute monarch. It is historically accurate that Louis XIV was known as the "Sun King," and that he sought to create an absolute monarchy.