Who is the Greater Villain, Godfrey or Dunstan?

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Who is the Greater Villain – Godfrey or Dunstan?

My understanding of a villain is a wicked person or some one who

tricks someone. In the dictionary a “villain” is defined as a person

who is guilty or capable of great wickedness or a criminal. My

impressions of Godfrey are that he is weak, however he also has

qualities of a villain as well. Godfrey’s younger brother Dunstan is

not like Godfrey and he us more like a villain than weak.

My initial impressions of Godfrey were that he was a good person. This

is shown in chapter 3, “Mr Godfrey, the eldest, a fine open – faced,

good natured young man”. The first time he seemed weak was when he

kept his marriage to Molly Farren a secret. This implies that he was

weak - willed and usually unable to think of much beyond his immediate

material comfort. He also allows Dunstan to blackmail him about his

marriage. ““Well, Master Godfrey, what do you want with me?” said

Dunsy in a mocking tone “Suppose, now, you get the money yourself, and

save me the trouble, eh? …You’ll not refuse me the kindness to pay it

back for me: it was the brotherly love made you do it, you know?””

This implies Dunsy is taking advantage over his brother and he also

sounds like he is being sarcastic when he talks about brotherly love.

Godfrey’s actions also back this idea up as he, “bit his lips and

clenched his fist”. I Feel Dunsy is very villainous when he talks

about being such “a good natured brother”. He also blackmails Godfrey

when he says “You’ll take any trouble for me. You’ll get the hundred

pounds for me – I know you will!” this seems like he is threatening

Godfrey and instead of asking for the money he is demanding it like he

is the master of Godfrey.

I feel sorry for Godfrey when he starts quivering and explains that he

“hasn’t got a shilling to bless his self with” this implies he is

weak. Although Godfrey shows he is not as weak as it comes across

because he threatens Dunsy, when Dunsy talks about her.

Godfrey also didn’t want to go to mornings meet as it was near

Batherley (which was the place where him and Molly Farren got

married). Godfrey and Molly Farrens secret marriage is a good example

of guilt and moral cowardice. Godfrey keeps the marriage a secret, as

he knows that if his father (Squire Cass) finds out about it, he would

disown him. The person Godfrey really loves is Nancy Lammeter and
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