«The Three Musketeers» by Alexandre Dumas is a typical historical novel-feuilleton. But from this it does not cease to be amazing. Traditionally, the heroes of the books are divided into positive and negative. At the same time the distinction between these two characteristics is never clear.
On the one hand all the characters of the book can be attributed to a particular “camp”: the reader is absolutely clear that the root of all evils in the novel – a treacherous cardinal Richelieu and his entourage Comte de Rochefort and Milady. At the same time the reader does not doubt that the three Musketeers along with D’artagnan represent a “force for good” as fighting against the Cardinal, do not give the Queen to Sully his honor, to help the King, etc.
Simultaneously, the three Musketeers, if you look closely, are a disgusting people together, they kill people left and right (while de Treville tries them to cover up and justify before the King), separately too, have a few attractive features: Athos is a drunk, Aramis is a hypocrite prone to posturing, Porthos lives at the expense of women. And do they not always right and good. The king is represented as spineless and going on about the other courtiers.
Friendship in the novel «The Three Musketeers» is the most important component, because without it there would be no plot strings, nor of the novel itself. Strikingly, of course, how quickly D’artagnan and the three Musketeers become friends, but their friendship can not but arouse envy. It can even be considered as a benchmark, so it is without a doubt, one of the main ideas of the novel. That’s friendship – the one thing for which the characters in the novel worth living.
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