Alexandre Dumas<br />“All For One and One For All”<br />
Life and Times<br />Born July 24, 1802, Died December 5, 1870<br />Grandfather had married a slave girl while in San Domingo (Haiti) and took her last name, Dumas<br />Worked as a scribe for King Louise Philippe before making it big with novels<br />Participated in ousting King Charles X from the throne<br />Frequently broke from lavishly spending on women and high living<br />Fathered at least 4 illegitimate children …while married<br />“My father was a mulatto, my grandfather a Negro, and my great-grandfather a monkey. You see, Sir, my family starts where yours ends.”<br />
Quotes<br />“Happiness is like those palaces in fairytales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.”<br />“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.”<br />“If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself.”<br />
The Stories<br />Dumas had several collaborators while working on his novels<br />Many characters loosely based on real French men<br />Fast-paced adventure tales<br />Accomplished playwright and novelist<br />Famous for writing historical fiction<br />Man in the Iron Mask<br />Count of Monte Cristo<br />The Three Musketeers<br />
Man in the Iron Mask<br />Sequel to the Three Musketeers with the characters Aramis, Porthos, D’Artagnan, and Athos<br />Aramis plots to overthrow the unfit King Louis XIV and swap him with his imprisoned twin brother Philippe<br />The swap is successful until Aramis boasts about his success<br />
Man in the Iron Mask…Continued<br />Aramisis forced to flee, dragging an unaware Porthos with him<br />Philippe is taken to prison and must wear an iron mask to conceal his identity<br />Porthos is crushed by boulders and killed<br />Aramis escapes to Spain<br />Athos learns of his son Raoul’s death and dies<br />
Movie<br />Stars Leonardo Dicaprio and Jeremy Irons<br />Strays from plotline of novel<br />“Hollywoodified” <br />Incorporation of Dumas’ language, not integrated well<br />Entertaining and cheesy<br />
Solange<br />An aristocrat is hiding under the false name Solange<br />A man, who she calls Albert saves her from being discovered and he helps her father escape to England<br />“Solange” and “Albert” fall in love and stay in Paris<br />Albert works at the cemetary as a scientist, experimenting with heads and bodies<br />Grave diggers leave a sack in his “lab”<br />The guillotined head of Solange<br />
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