Study Guide

The Three Musketeers Friendship

By Alexandre Dumas


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 otherwise prevail. Friendship is thus portrayed in an immensely positive light in The Three Musketeers – the friends never argue, and they are always there to share with each other and support each other.

Questions About Friendship

  1. D’Artagnan, Aramis, Athos, and Porthos are all different people. Why do you think they end up being friends? What is the basis of the friendship?
  2. Does their friendship have any flaws? Is it ever complicated?
  3. Does the novel display any other instances of friendship? If no, what effect does that have on the story? If yes, how does it compare to the friendship of the four protagonists?

Chew on This

Out of the three Musketeers, D’Artagnan is closest friends with Athos.

The Man from Meung, also known as the Comte de Rochefort, and D’Artagnan are likely to become friends.