What is the narrative line of the Three Musketeers story?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The narrative style of The Three Musketeers is told in straight and direct third person form.  It is told in a manner that highlights the heroism of D'Artagnan and his friends, and does not spend a great deal of time in developing characters, as much as it does in narrating adventures.  Originally published in a serialized and incremental format in a newspaper, the work does read like a "telenovela" or a serial that builds off of cliffhangers and action/ suspense.  Certainly, this narrative style is present in the details of the swordfights, and its "swashbuckling" tone.  This Romance of action is present in the main characters.  The main characters fight, and fight with intensity, as there is little in the way of musing and reflection about what they do, why they do it, or the implications of such decisions, as they are only motivated only by the honor and chivalry which they are meant to protect. They are heroes in the sense of being men of action and the narration reflects this.  The dialogue present is meant to advance the storyline, and the author rarely steps in, contributing to the idea that these are men of action.  The narration makes the characters nore merely advance their cause of fighting for justice, but also for fighting to move the story along, as well.  The adventures of D'Artagnon, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis represent a style of narration that lauds or praises action in armed, direct conflict, in a manner that builds up suspense in a very theatrical and Romantic manner.