The Three Musketeers
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Swords are typically used as phallic symbols in literature, and that remains true with this novel. Recall the beginning of the novel where, at the Jolly Miller inn, D’Artagnan attempts to draw his sword and it’s, well, truncated. This comes, of course, right after he has been embarrassingly beaten by the inn’s servants and his opponent gets away scot-free without deigning to even draw his sword. To cross swords with another man is deemed an honor in D’Artagnan’s world – we’ll leave you to puzzle over the symbolic meanings of that one.