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The Man in the Iron Mask

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.

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