Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Prisoner of Zenda

Question: Choose one character that you like the most?
I would definitely like to emulate Rudolf Rassendyll from the novel, “The Prisoner of Zenda”, written by Anthony Hope because he has many admirable qualities.
By being adventurous, Rassendyll becomes a person with lots of experience and knowledge at a young age. His adventure in Ruritania makes his life more colourful. If he has not decided to watch the coronation, he may have not met Princess Flavia, befriend Fritz and Sapt, met the cruel Duke Michael and his Famous Six and experience the life of a King. I myself would like to be adventurous like Rassendyll so that my life won’t be so dull.
Through Rassendyll, I learn that one must be honourable in order to gain respect from others and to maintain self-esteem. Rassendyll has not eloped with Princess Flavia because he believes that it is not honourable to take something which does not belong to him. Princess Flavia is after all the King’s fiancée. The King has also treated him as a friend and has invited him to have dinner with him at the lodge.
Rassendyll furthermore, has shown that courage and bravery are essential qualities to go through life as our life is not always bed and roses. In this novel, Rassendyll impersonates as the King and on the King’s behalf, he takes the throne. This is not an easy task as Duke Michael may find out his impersonation and kill him. Yet, Rassendyll still continues his impersonation in his attempt to rescue the King from Zenda Castle.
By examining the above qualities found in Rassendyll ,it is undeniable that he is indeed the best character to emulate.

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