Similarity between the characters of the old man in 'Umbrella Man' by Roald Dahl and the Youth from ' Dusk' by Saki ? Please stress on the character anlysis of both these characters.

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Both the young con man in "Dusk" and the old man in "The Umbrella Man" have concocted stories that will bring them relatively large sums of money if they have the desired effect on the victim. If they were mere panhandlers they couldn't expect to receive handouts of a whole pound sterling. At best they would probably get an occasional shilling (one-twentieth of a pound) along with many rejections. In other words, they would have to succeed in getting handouts at least twenty times in order to accumulate one pound. Percentage-wise, they would probably have to hit on at least one hundred people before they received twenty shillings. But both the Umbrella Man and the Young Stranger have fashioned stories that will bring in a whole pound from a single benefactor and thereby save them a whole lot of time, trouble, and rejections. The Umbrella Man is offering to sell an umbrella worth around twenty pounds for only one pound, and the young stranger is only asking for a short-term loan which he will repay within one or two days. Both these tricksters pose as affluent members of the upper class. It is ironic that people seem more willing to give money to people who don't really need it than they are to give money to people who are broke, hungry and homeless. 

nithyac | Student

both were confidence tricksters,but whom they were trying to decieve were suspiciois of them

kaustubhbhatter | Student

Hope this helps azaylion  !!!!! Its in points .... You can easily expand it !! :)


  • Experienced tricksters -- professionalism.
  • Well woven stories with sealed loop holes.
  • Pityful personality --- Convincing the public.
  • Successful at the end.
  • Circumstances to support their cause --
Old man had the jovial rainy season. Youth had the cake of soap luckily below the bench.