The Man in the Iron Mask Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In Chapter 1, how does Aramis define ambition to the prisoner?

In Chapter 1, Aramis is talking with the prisoner and during their conversation he defines ambition as a feeling that prompts a man to desire more than he has. According to Aramis, an ambitious man is one who covets what is beyond his station.

2. In Chapter 1, Aramis desires the prisoner to become King for what reason?

In Chapter 1, when Aramis tells the man in the iron mask he desires him to be king, he claims it to be for the good of humanity.

3. Describe Porthos's demeanor when D'Artagnan comes to visit him in Chapter 2.

When D'Artagnan comes to visit Porthos in Chapter 2, he finds him pensive and with a melancholy air. He was sitting on a bed contemplating an assortment of clothing spread out over the floor and seemed caught up in dismal reflections.

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