D’Artagnan is the central character of The Three Musketeers. He starts off as a young, Gascon nobleman. He ventures to
Paris to seek out his fortune in the court of King Louis
XIII. When he arrives, he fights each of the three musketeers, Aramis, Athos, and Porthos, proving his bravery and capability.
He joins the famous trio and together they go on missions for the King and Queen. D’Artagnan continually exemplifies
the code of chivalry upheld in those days by acting brave, ambitious, crafty, resourceful, and intelligent. “Like any
romantic hero, he is driven by love and ruled by chivalry, but occasionally prone to fall into amoral behavior.” (Sparknotes.com,
Athos (Comte de la Fère) is the most important of the Three
Musketeers. He acts as a father figure towards D’Artagnan by helping him adjust to the musketeer lifestyle. He is the
oldest of the group, but is still young. He excels in many things including his bold and brave attitude towards danger, his
intellect, his good looks, and his exceptional swordsmanship. He is distressed when the musketeers catch Milady, as he was
formerly engaged to her before noticing that she was branded as a thief and murderer.
Aramis (Chevalier d’Herblay) had dreams of becoming a priest earlier in his life but he gives up those dreams as the consequence
for fighting in a duel. He is a handsome, and somewhat reserved young man, but
in some instances is a little on the silly side when the circumstances require some lightheartedness. He constantly reminds
the others that he is only temporarily a Musketeer, and that some time soon he will return to the Church. He has a mistress
that he tries to conceal from his friends, named Madame de Chevreuse. Aramis seem to be the musketeer that most often gets
hurt in their encounters.
is a strong character that likes to dress to impress. He is very foppish on many occasions. He is the loudest and brashest
of the Musketeers. He shows a lot of vanity, or self-importance, but he backs up his big ego by acting as a courageous fighter.
Lady de Winter represents the quintessence of evil in the novel; she is d’Artagnan’s
opposition. At first, d’Artagnan is attracted to her for her looks, but soon he hears how much she despises him and
how she plans to have him murdered. He still likes her though. She acts as the cardinal’s personal spy and is responsible
for the deaths of a young priest, the duke of Buckingham, de Winter’s
assistant, John Felton, Constance Bonacieux, and her husband. D’Artagnan finally catches her and she is beheaded for
Madame Bonacieux is the
queen’s linen maid and is very loyal to the queen. When d’Artagnan first rescues her from the cardinal’s
men, he falls in love with her. Because of this, she is able to convince him to go to London to save the queen’s reputation. Constance eventually realizes that she is in love with d’Artagnan.
Cardinal Richelieu is the King’s head adviser,
making him the most powerful man in all of France. He is extremely egocentric and power seeking. Since his power is based on the King’s reputation
and power, he is very concerned with keeping the King’s reputation and power maintained.
is the queen of France. She is from Spain, so she has devotion to both the countries of France and Spain. She is secretly in love
with the Duke of Buckingham. The King that she is married to is not incredibly fond of her and the Cardinal absolutely despises
her. She sends a gift to the Duke, but Milady intercepts it and the affair is almost discovered.
George Villiers (the Duke of Buckingham) “is the Favorite and the Minister of War for King Charles I of England.” (Sparknotes.com,
3). He is “the perfect English gentleman, handsome, witty, brave, wealthy, and powerful.” (Sparknotes.com, 3).
He and the Queen are having a secret love affair, which is very dangerous because currently, France and England are at war during this