What are the strenghts and weaknesses of Rudolf Rassendyll, the main character in Prisoners of Zenda?

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Rudolf's strengths and weaknesses are closely related. He is a man with a taste for adventure; this is not someone who leads a normal, everyday existence. But his penchant for a life that is less than ordinary leads him deep into the treachery and intrigue of Ruritanian court life. Rudolf...

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Rudolf's strengths and weaknesses are closely related. He is a man with a taste for adventure; this is not someone who leads a normal, everyday existence. But his penchant for a life that is less than ordinary leads him deep into the treachery and intrigue of Ruritanian court life. Rudolf has such a romantic streak in him that he tends to act first and think later. But when his adventurousness lands him in a strange, potentially dangerous new situation, he soon shows that he has the smarts and the ingenuity to adapt.

In his role as king, Rudolf conducts himself a good deal better than the man he is impersonating. (Granted, this is not saying very much.) What started out as a jolly jape has become a serious business for Rudolf. He fully understands the onerous responsibilities that kingship entails and carries them out with absolute fidelity. Rudolf may be thought as a little rash in agreeing to impersonate the king, but it is also a highly courageous act, as it would certainly faze most people.

To some extent, Rudolf's acting is the ultimate example of living a lie. This may be thought a weakness on his part, as it is seldom acceptable to behave in such a way. At the same time, Rudolf is a most honorable man. He goes about his kingly business in a responsible way, and he also puts the good of the kingdom ahead of his heart. He is deeply in love with Princess Flavia, but he knows that he cannot be with her. That would be one lie too many, and it would be simply dishonorable.

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Rudolf Rassendyll is the main character of The Prisoner of Zenda. He has many strengths of character. One is that he is well educated. He is also intelligent. He is a nobleman. He is compassionate. He is kind. He is accommodating . He is ready to help in a good cause. He is an honorable man. He is loyal, trustworthy and true to his word. He is brave. He is a warrior who is unafraid to face danger. He has few weaknesses. One weakness is that he lacks ambition. He is also content to live on the family wealth. 

Rudolf has three traits that could be either strengths or weaknesses depending on how utilized. He enjoys his social status. He loves a good frolic because he is fun-loving. He also loves a good adventure.

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