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The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

by Alexandre Dumas

Principles Theme

Honor is the governing code of conduct for all men in The Man in the Iron Mask, and it determines whether or not the four Musketeers will be on your side. In order to be honorable, the men sometimes must act counter to their own self-interest.

Questions About Principles

  1. To what extent does the world of the novel depend on an adherence to codes of honor?
  2. Who is the most honorable character in the novel? Why?
  3. What does it mean to act with honor in this novel? Why is it so important?

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Acting in an honorable manner is the priority for almost all the characters in the novel.

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