Friday, June 17, 2011

A character which shows determination

In the novel Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope, the character that showed great determination is Rudolf Rassendyll.
When the King was kidnapped, Rudolf Rassendyll was determined to free the King from being imprisoned in Zenda Castle. He had agreed earlier to only impersonate as the King for the coronation but after the King was kidnapped, he continued his impersonation. He planned to rescue the King.

In his attempt to rescue the King, he had to risk his life a few times. The Famous Six was sent to kill him when he went to see Antonette at the house she was staying, and Rupert of Hentzau stabbed him from the back when he refused to accept bribe offered by Duke Michael. He was again shot by Rupert on his shoulder when he ran after Rupert for killing Duke Michael.

Rudolf Rassendyll’s honesty was also put into a test when he fell in love with the beautiful Princess Flavia. Instead, he sacrificed his love for her because he was determined to rescue the King. His mission was to return back the throne to the King so that Ruritania would not fall into the hand of the evil Duke Michael and his Famous Six.

In the end his determination led to his success in rescuing the King.

An interesting event in The Prisoner of Zenda

In the novel Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope, the most exciting event is when Rudolf Rassendyll impersonates as the King and has to attend the coronation on the King’s behalf.

This happens when the King has fainted as a result of drinking drugged wine given by Duke Michael. Rudolf Rassendyll has to act as the King because of his resemblance to the King. It is not easy to act as someone else so Sapt has to teach him how to behave like the King. He has to learn about people around him, the King’s likes and dislikes. Fritz seems extremely quiet and nervous while they are on the train from Zenda to Strelsau.

Moreover, Rudolf Rassendyll is shown to be in a very tense situation when he has to meet the officers at the train station and has to ride the horse all by himself through the Old Town of Strelsau where the King is disliked. In fact, the tense atmosphere can be felt when he meets Princess Flavia and Duke Michael during and after the coronation. The two people who are very close to the King may discover his true identity.

It is also exciting when after the coronation; Rudolf Rassendyll and Princess Flavia have to ride the Royal carriage together on their way to the palace. Princess Flavia mentions that she has noticed some changes in the King, and happy to see the changes when in reality the man in the carriage is Rudolf Rassendyll not the King.

This is definitely the event which I find interesting.