"The Three Musketeers" Essay

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One of the prominent themes in the novel was romanticism. Love was a compelling force that drove men or women to do anything, and incited their actions. Love wasn’t prompted by skepticism, since all conducts or motives were relevant. Love takes a powerful and fanciful 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 adored and sheltered; a man proves his love for a woman with the most exorbitant acts he can imagine. This was juxtaposed to other novels of the time (19th century), whereby love was portrayed as a source of discord between the man and woman. In Dumas’ novel, love was ...view middle of the document...

“Milady was no longer, for him, that woman of fatal intentions who had for a moment terrified him; she was an ardent, passionate mistress.” D’Artagnan, of course, was naturally attracted by beauty. He ignorantly imagined her as an ardent woman, who was neither a menace nor apathetic. To put it plainly, she was indifferent towards him.
D’Artagnan forgot Mme. Bonacieux momentarily, when he had fallen in love with Milady. Moreover, d’Artagnan first met Constance after her husband, d’Artagnan’s landlord, came to see him to discuss his wife's kidnapping. She was released, but without his knowledge. The appeal provided an inadvertent result, whereby M. Bonacieux was arrested. “And Monsieur Bonacieux, whom d'Artagnan had pushed into the hands of the sbirri,” Dumas continued to point out that, “[…We are compelled to admit to our readers that d'Artagnan thought nothing about him in any way […]. Love is the most selfish of all the passions.” D’Artagnan erred in edging too close to caution and revenge. In other words, he sought to avenge his stolen love by saving himself and not Constance’s husband.
It’s questionable, at the conclusion of the novel, whether or not – d’Artagnan truly loved Constance. Nevertheless, to reiterate, d’Artagnan loved danger and possibility. Additionally, Milady was able to rob d’Artagnan of his temperate love of Constance. Though perhaps imperfect, it unequivocally supports the claim that he did in fact love her before he met Milady. However, it’s debatable whether or not d’Artagnan truly loved Constance after Milady had tried to kill him, or even when she had succeeded in assassinating her. To put it in another way, it’s altogether possible that d’Artagnan still loved Milady, after she killed Constance, thus he betrayed Constance.
When d’Artagnan first met Constance, she was in a particularly dangerous situation. Furthermore, throughout the novel, Constance was kidnapped, kidnapped again, hidden, and killed, when she was taken from place to place. It supports a feeling of transience and anonymity. Nevertheless, Constance was still in captivity when d’Artagnan had frequently visited Milady, and he was aware of it. This should indicate that d’Artagnan felt there wasn’t any possibility, or he didn’t love this woman, since he loved danger and possibility. The latter seems much more appropriate, since Constance was in the most dangerous situation of the two women. To reiterate, d’Artagnan knew that Milady wasn’t in love with him, so there was more possibility in the case of Constance. Dumas expected his reader to believe that d’Artagnan was prone to fall into amoral behavior? Considering adolescence, d’Artagnan was often criticized for his childlike appearance; he was only seventeen, perhaps adolescence led him astray from right and wrong.
Dumas would have liked the reader to have learned that loyalty is the most important association between friends and lovers. This is evident in the Latin phrase (Unus pro omnibus,...

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