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The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

by Alexandre Dumas

The Man in the Iron Mask Analysis

Literary Devices in The Man in the Iron Mask

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

This is an oft-repeated theme in the novel. Porthos is described most frequently as a "giant," a "Titan," and a "Hercules." Being crushed to death under an immense load of rocks is therefore an apt...

Setting

Since The Man in the Iron Mask is a work of historical fiction, its historical setting obviously plays a large role. Dumas draws on the historical setting of King Louis XIV's court to build a belie...

Narrator Point of View

The third person narration reflects the plot-driven nature of the tale. Although most of the action focuses on D'Artagnan, there are quite a few chapters that concern other characters. While the na...

Genre

We’re guessing just the very mention of the Three Musketeers gets your heart racing. Then, once you realize that we’re not talking about the candy bar, your heart races even faster. Let’s fac...

Tone

This is a major departure from The Three Musketeers. Although there are moments of levity (read: comic relief) in The Man in the Iron Mask, most of the novel is about saying good-bye to a glorious...

Writing Style

As you might expect from a book with a title like The Man in the Iron Mask, this book is just filled with intrigue. We mean, let's face it: folks who walk around with iron masks on their heads are...

What's Up With the Title?

This is a rather tricky question. As detailed in "In a Nutshell," Dumas never wrote a novel entitled The Man in the Iron Mask. Instead, he wrote a super-long novel entitled The Vicomte de Bragelonn...

What's Up With the Ending?

We'll recap for you. Raoul is dead, Athos is dead, and Porthos is dead. D'Artagnan is fighting a war in Holland, and Aramis is now a Spanish duke. The novel ends with D'Artagnan becoming a distingu...

Plot Analysis

King Louis's twin brother languishes in the Bastille.They say information is power, and when the novel opens, this very tantalizing piece of information has made its way to the already-powerful-but...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

D'Artagnan can tell that his friend, Aramis, is plotting something dastardly.D'Artagnan can see that something is up with his friend, Aramis, but isn't let in on the secret. .None for D'Artagnan; A...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Aramis tries to increase his power and do his friend, Fouquet, a favor and swap out a hostile King of France for a more amenable version.Fouquet saves the real king but gets arrested anyway. Portho...

Trivia

Dumas did not write his novels alone – he had a help, including that of a man named Auguste Maquet. (Source)The historical figure on whom the Man in the Iron Mask was based actually wore a bl...

Steaminess Rating

There are lots of secretive meetings, references to mistresses, and one spectacular case of busting in on a woman getting dressed. That's about as graphic as it gets, however, and it's just one of...

Allusions

Note: The book is a work of historical fiction, so almost every character, place, and event is a reference to actual characters, places, and events. The three glaring exceptions to this rule are th...

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