A similarly redemptive midrash says that from the marriage of Esther to Ahashverosh
was born Darius II, who became ruler of Persia.
45) Ephraim Deinard, an Orthodox Jewish writer, newspaper correspondent, and bibliophile known for his colorful personality and sharp tongue, compares the $10,000 salaries of American Reform rabbis to the 10,000 silver shekels Haman promised to pay King Ahashverosh
in return for the Jewish people (Scroll of Esther 3:9, 4:7).
No wonder Ahashverosh, the king, was also immediately attracted to her, as the Megillah reads in 2:17: "The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she won his grace and favor more than all the virgins.
Haman, Mordekhai and Ahashverosh therefore feature prominently, whereas Esther, who is far from the political realm, is not even mentioned.