What is the difference between the characteristics of the tricksters in the stories of 'Dusk' and 'The Umbrella Man'?
#115875. Asked by bikoz. (Jul 10 10 5:46 AM)
The question refers to Roald Dahl's 'The Umbrella Man' and HH Munro's 'Dusk'. In both short stories the approach of both trickers - appealing to a casual passer by for money to help them deal with a temporary misfortune - is similar. However while Dahl's trickster is an old and seemingly vulnerable man, Munro's is quite a brash young man. Dahl's old man is well prepared with the 'prop' needed for his deception - a stolen umbrella - and is therefore largely credible from the outset. However, by contrast, the young man relies solely on his verbal powers of persuasion and omits to provide himself with the prop he needs - a bar of soap. Initially this causes his con trick to come unstuck - ironically, only the integrity of his 'target' saves the day for him and allows his deception to be successful.
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