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The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas takes place in seventeenth century France The title is very significant of the story because the center character is Phillipe who is caged in a dungeon with an iron mask on his head because he is the twin of King Louis XIV The title summarizes the plot because Phillipe is kept in the dungeon for most of the story and after a critical mask party scene where Phillipe was switched with Louis XIV everything was changed Phillipe was then caught and banished to an even worse dungeon with the iron mask still on Phillipe is never heard from again after this event The protagonist in The Man in the Iron Mask is Aramis Aramis most important character quality is he is very sneaky Aramis first uses his sneaky schemes to hide the fact that he will replace Phillipe with Louis XIV from DArtagnan the other of the three musketeers Then later on he was described as conducting himself so as not to give birth to a doubt in the minds of those who surrounded him Page 201 when he was in the process of switching Phillipe with Louis XIV The most important decision he made was when he decided to switch the two twins because the decision ultimately caused him to be on the run for the rest of his life During the course of the story Aramis becomes not only a sneaky person but also a very smart person by fleeing to islands north of France to escape DArtagnan The antagonist in The Man in the Iron Mask is King Louis XIV King Louis XIV worst character qualities are that he is greedy King Louis XIV shows he is greedy when Phillipe is sent to prison with a iron mask he couldve just let him be co-kings or at least some other small official instead of being sent in a hideous iron mask One specific
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