This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Analysis Of "The Man In The Iron Mask"

699 words - 3 pages

Conflicted ThemesDifferences in human characteristics can often cause conflicts between individuals. Dumas’s use of loyalty and greed in The Man in the Iron Mask exemplifies the conflict that D’Artagnan and other characters experience throughout the book in several different scenarios.Dumas expresses loyalty throughout the book in numerous ways, but mainly through the protagonist, D’Artagnan. In the past, D’Artagnan became acquainted with a group of three of the finest swordsmen named Aramis, Porthos, and Athos. These men are referred to as the Three Musketeers. D’Artagnan fought alongside them, became one of them, and remained loyal to them for the rest of his life. D’Artagnan’s loyalty to King Louis XIV is what causes an issue. King Louis is causing utter chaos throughout France, yet D’Artagnan remains loyal to him with the hope that he will change.The antagonist in the story is King Louis XIV because he is the source of much of the greed demonstrated throughout the book. The only thing that could damage King Louis’ reign is his twin brother, Phillipe, but Louis will stop at nothing to prevent Phillipe from ruining his kingdom. In order to stop Phillipe, Louis puts him in an iron mask and locks him away in the dungeon. Also, during this time historically, the king was considered to be ordained by God. This allowed King Louis XIV to do as he pleased without dispute from the citizens of France. Another showing of King Louis’ greed is when he is taking a walk one day and a couple crosses his path. It is Christine and Raoul, the son of Athos. Louis takes a particular fancy to Christine and he feels she would make a wonderful mistress (King Louis XIV, Man in the Iron Mask). Louis then sends Raoul away to a horrific battle where he is sure to die, opening the way for Christine to become Louis’s mistress. Louis not only affects certain people with his greed, he also forces his whole country to suffer. King Louis decides one day that he wants a brand new castle, but money is needed...

Find Another Essay On Analysis of "The Man in the Iron Mask"

'Iron Man 3' and 'The Knight Rises'

1048 words - 5 pages suit, which is most probably in black color all the time. The costume comes with cloak, which makes it looks awesome and cool. At the same time, batman wears a belt, which can put all his equipments into it. He also wears a pair of gloves and boots in order to prevent him from been injured easily. Whenever batman is doing his mission, he will wear black mask in order to cover his identiity. Unlike the Iron man, batman cannot reveal his identity

Mask Of The Red Death Essay

952 words - 4 pages Summary: The Mask of the Red Death The plague had swept the country, but the prince managed to hide from it by secluding himself in the abbey. Months passed by without any trouble from the disease. The prince felt quite sure of his excellent health, so he decided to throw a great masquerade. He invited many friends and elegant people.The party took place in seven apartments. Each apartment was decorated in a different color. Each apartment was

The Mask Of Apollo - Review

940 words - 4 pages "The Mask of Apollo" revolves around the adventures of Nikeratos, a young actor who travels the countryside of ancient Greece and Sicily while performing in various plays. In one play, Kadmos by Sophokles the Younger, Nikeratos is required to wear an old mask of Apollo as part of his costume. The mask is fifty years old and is rumored to bring good luck. Nikeratos is impressed with the mask and comes to believe that it possesses

The Self-hatred of Kochan in Confessions of a Mask

709 words - 3 pages The Self-hatred of Kochan in Confessions of a Mask In his semi-autobiographical novel, Confessions of a Mask, Yukio Mishima examines the struggle for acceptance by a man living outside of the socially accepted norms. A motif that strongly pervades this novel is death and the images of blood associated with it. Kochan, a Japanese adolescent living in post-war Japan, struggles with his homosexuality and his desire to be "normal." In order to

Cosmetic Surgery and the Mask of Aging in Western Societies

1089 words - 4 pages Cosmetic Surgery and the Mask of Aging in Western Societies "Nature isn't always the best. I have the money to improve on nature and I don't see why I shouldn't" (Cher, as cited in Glasgow Evening Times: 24 April 1992) "We hadn't seen or heard from each other for 28 years…Then he suggested it would be nice if we could meet. I was very nervous about it. How much had I changed? I wanted a facelift, tummy tuck and

life in the iron mills

1016 words - 5 pages ” and describes his fragile characteristics. Davis completely emasculated his character and makes the working-class seem frail, which helps the reader understand why he chooses such a fate when he is locked up. “Life in the Iron Mills” suggests that middle-class is superior while a life as a man [or woman] representing a member of the working class is unfortunate. In a literary criticism by Caroline S. Miles, “Representing and Self

This essay is an analysis of the story the "Life in the Iron Mills" by Rebecca Harding Davis

1840 words - 7 pages In "Life in the Iron Mills" Rebecca Harding Davis reveals a growing industrial America in the nineteenth century, where an unbelievable level of poverty and limited opportunities of achieving success can cause individuals to take extreme risks to attain a descent lifestyle. Through the novella, Davis illustrates the distinct differences between upper and lower class lifestyles. Immigrant workers, Debora (lovingly called Deb) and Hugh, take the

Impacts of the Iron and Steel Industry in India

1028 words - 4 pages quality coking coal from abroad which gives it an advantage and it exports its products to the world markets. In 1997-98, the production of pig iron was around 2.2 million tonnes. The plant holds international standards of competence. Industry Structure The Iron and Steel Industry in India has 2 separate divisions: 1. Integrated producers: Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited(TISCO), Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) and Steel Authority of

Coal and Iron and the Unification of Germany in 1871

1803 words - 7 pages Coal and Iron and the Unification of Germany in 1871 In 1862, Bismarck said that ‘the great questions of the day will be settled by blood and iron.’ Although there is undoubtedly some degree of accuracy in this statement, the most important reason for the unification of Germany, which ended ‘the great questions of the day,’ was ‘coal and iron.’ This is a quote from British economist John Maynard Keynes, who argued

The Tradition of the Chivo Mask

1385 words - 6 pages The Chivo mask is from Mexico, typically found in the state of Guerrero. The mask was first created and used in the village, Zitlala, after the Mexican Revolution. It is used for the ritual dance called “La Danza de los Chivos” or Dance of the Goats. However, the dance is now used in many other celebrations and festivities throughout other areas of Mexico, as well. The mask is part of the ceremony known as "the Dance of the Goats” or La

An analysis of The Mask of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe

544 words - 2 pages pestilence had ever been so fatal, or hideous.' (Poe 72) This disease left scarlet stains upon itvictims skin. Any victim of this disease was totally shunned by his fellow man. The final throws of this ' Red Death 'were an agonizing half hour of torment and seizure. Prince Prospero could no longer bear witness to this, so in fear of hislife he took himself one thousand of his royal comrades and enough servants for all to a secluded abbey. He was

Similar Essays

The Ideal Superhero: Iron Man Essay

1078 words - 4 pages the classification of superhero. These qualifications are the display of superpowers, above average intelligence, bravery, selflessness, and the ability to best a strong archrival. In Iron Man: Legacy of Doom, Iron Man overcomes the arduous challenge of an all-powerful Doctor Doom and otherworldly creatures through his range of superhero abilities and techniques. Iron Man successfully adheres to the idea of a superhero because he represents the

The Mask Of Violence Essay

2525 words - 11 pages definition of “persona” as the social face the individual presented to the world—“a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual”(190). People are the puppets of social convention and “others’ wills”. We are all living in masks and posing dummy; soldiers wear the mask of “solider”; sahibs wear the mask of “sahib”; revengers wear the mask of “revenger

The Mask Of Hamlet Essay

847 words - 3 pages The Mask of Hamlet       When people put on a mask or costume it is usually because they are trying to hide themselves or portray a certain feeling to onlookers. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet puts on a "antic disposition" as a strategy to get closer to Claudius. Hamlet tells his friends this by saying (I,iv,170-173) "how strange or odd some'er I bear myself (As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on), That

The Mask Of Horror Essay

1111 words - 5 pages In this Golden age of humanity with technology at the fingertips of mankind and world wide global awareness, it's hard to imagine from the comfort of well lit homes, a large population of the human race lives without fresh water and a nourishing daily meal. In the United States of America it has been said of an over abundance of food, though many of the citizens are forced to consume highly processed