Compare and contrast any two characters in "The Prisoner of Zelda." Give evidence from the text.

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Princess Flavia and Antoinette de Mauban are compared and contrasted, though on a smaller scale than the example in the previous answer. Both characters are in love with a man who cannot be theirs due to social and political complications. However, the way they approach these obstacles diverges.

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Princess Flavia and Antoinette de Mauban are compared and contrasted, though on a smaller scale than the example in the previous answer. Both characters are in love with a man who cannot be theirs due to social and political complications. However, the way they approach these obstacles diverges.

In Flavia's case, she truly loves Rassendyl but chooses to marry her original betrothed, for the sake of political duty over personal desire. She sends Rassendyl a rose every year after the events of the story, but that is as far as she is willing to allow their love to go. She is too noble to have an affair or leave her intended.

Antoinette is more inclined towards following her heart. Her lover Michael wants to marry Flavia so he can become king, but Antoinette wants him to be hers alone. She conspires to thwart his plans, mainly motivated by what she wants rather than out of any sense of nobility or patriotism.

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Rudolf, the king of Ruritania is contrasted with Rudolf Rassendyll, the protagonist of the novel. Furthermore, Rassendyll can also be contrasted with Rupert Hantzau. 'Masterplots' (accessed by eNotes) by providing evidences from the text shows how Rassendyl has been presented as a foil. Rudolf "reinforces Rassendyll’s worst qualities even as he illustrates, by contrast, the best. On the other hand, Hentzau appears at a glance to be thoroughly different from Rassendyll, yet Rudolf’s fascination with Rupert’s attractive evil clearly suggests an affinity between them.” Thus Rassendyll has been presented as a unique character in the novel who can be compared and contrasted to two other characters of the narrative. The reference link given below provides further details.

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