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the prisoner of zenda

the prisoner of zenda

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Published by: Muhammad Shafie Ismail on Sep 18, 2010
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SUMMARY
The story is about the adventures of Rudolf Rassendyll, an Englishman, whobore a resemblance to King Rudolf of Ruritania. After meeting the King who wasimprisoned by his evil brother, Black Michael the Duke, he found himself impersonating the King in a plot to save the King and his throne. He also fell inlove with Princess Flavia, the King's cousin and betrothed. The princess was alsoin love with Rudolf but she had to sacrifice their love by marrying the King for thesake of the country.
THEMES
Friendship and loyalty
a. Rassendyll’s loyalthy to the King even though he barely knows the King.Refused Duke Michael’s briberyb. Colonel Sapt and Fritz are willing to die for their king.c. Josef dies protecting the unconscious king.
Love and sacrifice
Love and sacrifice is an important theme in this novel. Princess Flavia andRassendyll love each other very much. However, they sacrifice that love for thesake of King and the country. There is also the love that the loyal subjects,Colonel Sapt Fritz, have for their King. Despite the King's weaknesses, the menare even willing to die to save the King and his throne bec they love their Kingand country more than their lives. It is obvious that the characters in this novelare willing to give up a lot for the sake of what they believe is right.
Love and honour 
Princess Flavia and Rassendyll sacrifice their love and personal happiness for the sake of Ruritania and its people.
Patriotism
Rassendyll, Sapt and Fritz are willing to sacrifice themselves to save the Kingand protect Ruritania from the treacherous Duke Michael.
 
Greed, treachery
Rupert of Hentzau wants money and power. He also wants Antoinette deMauban, who is in love with Duke Michael. In order to get what he wants, he iswilling to betray the Duke.
Sibling rivalry
Duke Michael’s greed for power and the urge to marry Princess Flavia makeshim willing to kill his own brother.
Crime and punishment
The characters that conspired with Duke Michael in overthrowing the King wereall perished. The Duke rallied his men to kidnap the King so that he could takeover the throne. In the end, he was killed by his own man, Rupert of Henzau,during an argument over Antoinette de Mauban. Rupert had to flee the country.Finally, all the perpetrators were punished for their evil deed.
Courage
a. Rassendyll, Sapt and Fritz risk their lives in order to safe the King.b. Josef gives his life to save the King.
Good versus evil
Rassendyll, Sapt and Fritz represent the good while Duke Michael and Rupert of Hantzau represent the evil. Finally, the good triumphs over the evil.
PLOT
Introduction
Rassendyll visits Ruritania and meets the King.
Conflict
The King is drugged and kidnapped. Rassendyll is persuaded to take his place atthe coronation.
Climax
 
Rassendyll, Sapt and Fritz go to Zenda quietly to Zenda to rescue the King. Theyfight the Duke and his Famous Six. The Duke is killed by Rupert of Hentzau, oneof his Famous Six.
Resolution
The King is saved. Princess Flavia discovers the truth about the King andRassendyll.
Ending
Rassendyll and Princess Flavia make an understanding that their duty mustcome before their own personal feelings. Rassendyll leaves Ruritania but returnsevery year to meet Fritz and sends a rose silently to Princess Flavia throughFritz.
CHARACTERS
1. Rudolf Rassendyll
Rich and has status
: tells his sister-in-law that he has plenty of money and good social status.
 
Widely travelled and knowledgeable
: being to many places.
 
Well-educated
: graduated from a university and could speakFrench and German
 
Brave and courageous
: willing to risk his life for the King
Honourable
: sacrificing his love for Princess Flavia for the future of Ruritania.
 
Faithful
: remains unmarried and was constant in his love for Princess Flavia by sending her a rose every year.
 
Intelligent
: draws a successful plan to save the King.
 
Persistent and confident
: relentlessly tries to save the Kingdespite numerous drawbacks.
 
Good swordsman and fighter 
: able to defeat Duke Michael’smen.
2. King Rudolf 
Irresponsible
: does not take his duty seriously. Often away fromthe country.
 
Friendly and hospitable
: able to make friend with Rudolf quickly
Carefree
: has a sense of humour.
 
Weak
: gives up easily and prefers to surrender to his brother thanto fight him.
 

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