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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers


by Alexandre Dumas

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology

  • Don Quixote, (1.3, 1.10), Rosinante (Don Quixote’s horse), (1.4)
  • Achilles, Ajax, Joseph, (7.29)
  • The Bible (9.7)
  • Circe (36.26) If you want a good description of who Circe is, check out Shmoop's coverage of The Odyssey.
  • Judith (49.5) – This is a Biblical reference. Judith was a woman who ventured alone into enemy camp in order to slay the leader threatening her people.

Historical Figures

  • King Louis XIII
  • Queen Anne of Austria
  • Cardinal Richelieu
  • Duke of Buckingham
  • John Felton
  • La Rochelle
  • Messalina (53.47)

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