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Apart from the striking similarity of their appearance, the two men are not at all cut from the same cloth. Although the king is not a developed character in this story, the reader can deduce that...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2009 11:06 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 9:18 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019 12:44 am UTC

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Rudolf Rassendyll considers himself a man of honor and a true English gentleman. As he says elsewhere in the story, he hates the very idea of killing someone who does not have the chance to defend...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2018 6:24 am UTC

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"The Six" are six noblemen loyal to Michael, the half brother of the King who is plotting to take the throne for himself. The Six consist of three Ruritanians and three foreigners, and are powerful...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 3:01 pm UTC

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In answering this question, it's important to determine who exactly the main character is in The Prisoner of Zenda. Some might argue that it's King Rudolf V, the titular prisoner of the story. He...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018 7:03 am UTC

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In Anthony Hope’s novel, Rudolf Rassendyll impersonates Prince Rudolf on the verge of his coronation; he manages to do so largely because they share a number of physical features. There are other...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 1:04 am UTC

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In Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda, Captain Fritz is one of the king's royal attendants who helps to hatch the plan to replace the missing king with his lookalike cousin, Rudolf Rassendyll,...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 3:08 am UTC

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From a literary standpoint, setting is defined as both the time and place in which a story takes place.By placing this story in the context of an imaginary country on the fringe of a geopolitical...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2008 10:10 pm UTC

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Black Michael, Duke of Strelsau, has six trusted lieutenants, known colloquially as "The Six." Three of them are Ruritanian. The other three are of different nationalities: one Frenchman, one...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 12:35 pm UTC

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Although the main plot does not focus here, within the story line the leit motif of self-sacrifice and unrequitted love does indeed appear. True to life (more times than not), there is no easy 'boy...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2009 9:53 pm UTC

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A ball is a formal party with dancing. In the late nineteenth century, when The Prisoner of Zenda was written, all guests would have been in full evening dress (white tie and tailcoats or...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 12:45 am UTC

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Arguably the biggest conflict that Rudolf Rassendyll has to deal with is reconciling his sense of duty with his love for Princess Flavia. Rassendyll and Flavia are deeply in love with each other,...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 7:54 am UTC

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The principal public conflict in The Prisoner of Zenda is the battle for the throne between King Rudolf V of Ruritania and his half-brother, Michael, Duke of Strelsau. Michael has the king drugged...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 10:59 am UTC

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Johann is a gamekeeper in the service of Black Michael, Duke of Strelsau. He first helps Rassendyll by telling him of the arrangements the duke has made to prevent the king's body from being...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 6:50 am UTC

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Black Michael, the chief antagonist of The Prisoner of Zenda, is greatly displeased that his half-brother Rudolf is about to ascend to the Ruritanian throne. As far as he's concerned, the throne is...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021 11:45 am UTC

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Count Fritz is one of the most likable and loyal characters in the novel, not to mention young and handsome. He is very much on the side of the imprisoned king and helps to free him. Fritz's role...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 9:19 pm UTC

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Rupert of Hentzau is a more dangerous adversary than Black Michael. This is why he lives to fight another day at the end of The Prisoner of Zenda and is the principal (and eponymous) antagonist in...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 11:39 am UTC

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As Colonel Sapt tells Rudolf Rassendyll, "The Six" consists of half a dozen gentlemen whom Black Michael, the story's chief antagonist, maintains in his household. Three of them are Ruritanian, one...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 12:34 pm UTC

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Robert, Earl of Burlesdon, is a minor character in The Prisoner of Zenda, appearing only at the very beginning and the very end of the narrative. His younger brother, Rudolf Rassendyll, is the...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2021 1:47 pm UTC

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In chapter 9 of The Prisoner of Zenda, Rudolf Rassendyll receives a letter from Antionette de Mauban asking him to meet her in a summerhouse. Although Rassendyll realizes that this is a trap set by...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2021 2:50 pm UTC

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Michael, Duke of Streslau, is the story's antagonist. The younger half-brother of King Rudolf V of Ruritania, he has the king drugged, abducted, and imprisoned in a fortress on the eve of his...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 10:46 am UTC

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Flavia marries King Rudolf because she feels that she has a duty and responsibility to her king and the people of Ruritania. Despite Rassendyll telling her that he will “always love only her” and...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 7:53 am UTC

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When Rudolf Rassendyll sets out to visit Ruritania for King Rudolph’s coronation, he does not realize that he is identical in appearance. When the two men meet, he is shocked to see the similarity....

Latest answer posted September 2, 2019 5:11 am UTC

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When the men hear that the king is quite sick, they decide to break into the castle and rescue him. Here is the plan: Johann opens the front door to the new castle at 2:00 in the morning. Sapt and...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018 4:11 pm UTC

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The kind old lady who owns the inn at Zenda describes the Duke Michael as her hero. He has recently inherited, according to the will of the last king himself, the Zenda estates—while his brother...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 5:43 pm UTC

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Madame de Mauban is first introduced as the woman with whom a friend of Rassendyll's is in love. She, however, has grander aspirations and is pursuing the Duke of Strelsau. Later in the novel, it...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2021 11:33 am UTC

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Rudolf Rassendyll, the story's protagonist, is by far the most important character. Rudolf is a cheerful young Englishman from an aristocratic family. As a wealthy young man from a privileged...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 1:04 pm UTC

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When Rudolf Rassendyll first arrives in Ruritania, he stays at an inn in the small town of Zenda, where the innkeeper and her daughters are gossiping about the royal family. The old woman expresses...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2019 2:01 am UTC

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Johann has little say in the coronation of the king, but originally, he is displeased by the selection. While he has no power in the event, as he is just a courtier and caretaker, he is extremely...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 4:37 pm UTC

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Rudolf Rassendyl is the hero of The Prisoner of Zenda. Firstly, he is the protagonist, the character with whom the reader can most identify and whose actions drive much of the plot. He is also very...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2019 1:57 pm UTC

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Duke Michael is the antagonist in The Prisoner of Zenda as he actively opposes and is hostile towards the story's protagonist, Rudolf Rassendyll. It's Duke Michael who's the main driver behind a...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 10:40 am UTC

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After an evening drinking with the King, Colonel Sapt, and Fritz von Tarlenheim in Black Michael's hunting lodge in the forest of Zenda, Rudolf Rassendyll awakes to find that the King has passed...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 11:44 am UTC

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