The Antagonist

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An antagonist is often referred to as the villain in context of a story, especially in a novel. But by it’s formal definition, an antagonist is, “ A person who opposes to, struggles against, or competes with another opponent; adversary.” (Dictionary.com) with that person being the protagonist who is portrayed as the opposite of the antagonist classified by the root word “ant or anti” . In the novel Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, the reader can compare both the characters Milady de Winter and D’artagnan. The heroic Gascon D’artagnan, who travels to Paris for his acceptance into King Louis XIV’s Three Musketeer group, is attributed with protagonistic traits in contrast to Milady de Winter, who is characterized with the antagonistic traits…show more content…
Although dueling was supposedly illegal, it still showed the chivalry and code of honor as there are specific rules to the duel. Even with this being true, D’artagnan was still in opposition with Milady doing things just as bad as her actions in counter to hers. For example, in chapter thirty-six- Dream of Vengeance, D’artagnan has sexual contact with Milady but tricking her into thinking it's Comte de Warde. This reveals his disregard of honor that he exemplifies in the beginning of the book and shows his force of power and persuasion to get his way just as Milady de Winter does. Not only that, but technically Milady de Winter is still married to Athos who although has a broken heart, still follows the laws of the Church meaning that D’artagnan had an affair knowingly. D’artagnan being the main character and hero in the novel does not justify behavior yet he is still considered the one who can be connected with. As according to D’artagnan ,“The difference between treason and patriotism is only a matter of
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