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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers Themes

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Friendship

The primary friendship featured in The Three Musketeers is between four young gentlemen devoted to the King. Their friendship allows them to combine forces and defeat evil powers that might otherwi...

Love

Love takes an intensely idealized romantic form in The Three Musketeers as the heroes typically fall in love at first sight with a beautiful woman. Beautiful women in the novel are meant to be wors...

Pride

In the world of The Three Musketeers, gentlemen are typically very proud and do not take insults lightly. A casual misunderstanding frequently results in a duel; in order to preserve their pride me...

Society and Class

The characters in this novel come from a number of different class backgrounds ranging from servant to king, but nobody disputes their place in the social hierarchy. Rather, they all understand the...

Revenge

As mentioned earlier, revenge is one of the engines propelling the novel forward. Whether insults are real or perceived, characters take immediate steps to redress the issue. No one in The Three Mu...

Ambition

Ambition in The Three Musketeers is circumscribed by a character’s position on the social ladder. The characters as a whole, however, are quite an ambitious bunch. Thus the moments when they...

Mortality

In The Three Musketeers, life is given a very casual treatment. It’s definitely not a good thing when someone dies, but the survivors sure don’t spend much time crying about it. Glory,...

Loyalty

Loyalty in The Three Musketeers is rarely earned and always blindly absolute. It is also a highly respected and coveted quality. Loyalty is a prized currency in the world of The Three Musketeers, w...

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