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Change Of Mentality In The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

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Nikita Khrushchev once claimed, “If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.” Khrushchev means that if a person lives surrounded by those who are ferocious or voracious, then that person is obligated to behave like them. Similarly, Richard Connell addresses this idea in the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by displaying a change of mentality within a character when that individual is put into a fearful situation. Specifically, he uses conflict in order to develop the theme that the one’s will to survive outweighs one’s will to be civilized if life depends on it. Firstly, Connell describes an internal conflict within Rainsford. The conflict is between Rainsford and his sanity. For example, when Rainsford is hiding from General
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