Study Guide

Porthos in The Man in the Iron Mask

By Alexandre Dumas

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Though frivolous, vain, and a big talker, Porthos is best remembered for being a gentle-hearted giant. Dumas writes that Porthos's strength seemed given by God so that he would help others. Porthos dies after helping his best friend, Aramis, escape capture. He has a noble heart and a simple mind, which seem to be the inverse qualities of Aramis, who has a stingy heart but a keen mind. Out of the original four, Porthos plays the most minor role in this novel, serving largely as comic relief. To perhaps compensate for this, the most poignant death scene in the novel is reserved for Porthos. His is also the first of the four Musketeers to die.

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