In the story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell the protagonist, Rainsford, a very skilled hunter, falls of a ship and finds himself on Ship-Trap Island, where he meets the antagonist, General Zaroff. Rainsford discovers that Zaroff is also an intelligent hunter and is disgusted to discover that he plays a dangerous game in which he hunts humans that he catches on his island, Rainsford becomes his next participant. Rainsford and Zaroff have a lot of similar beliefs about hunting, social classes, and the feelings of their prey and they are both very intelligent hunters. However, Rainsford’s hunting knowledge causes Zaroff’s first loss in his game because Rainsford is the better hunter. Rainsford and Zaroff both showcase their love and knowledge for hunting in the text. …show more content…
Rainsford and Zaroff have also both had similar hunting experiences. During when Rainsford and Zaroff played Zaroff’s game, Rainsford set up hunting traps that are commonly used on animals to stop Zaroff from hunting him down. When Zaroff found the first trap he said, “Not many men know how to make a Malay mancatcher.”(14) When Zaroff found the second trap he said, “Your Burmese tiger pit has claimed one of my best dogs.”(14) Zaroff was familiar with both of the hunting traps that Rainsford used. This shows Zaroff and Rainsford have gone through similar hunting experiences and have both been in situations that they’ve had to use these hunting traps. Rainsford and Zaroff both divide the world into two similar classes. Rainsford claims, “The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees.”(1) Zaroff says, “Life is for the strong, to be lived by the strong, and, if needs to be, taken by the strong. The weak of the world were put here to give the strong pleasure.”(9) They both believe in the concept of survival of the fittest, or that the more dominant individual
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General Zaroff is different, to say the least, in Richard Connell’s book, “The Most Dangerous Game.” Rainsford is stranded on a deserted island, or so he thinks. Rainsford comes upon a mansion that is owned by General Zaroff. He knows of Rainsford, who is a renowned author of a book about the hunt, as well as everything and everywhere Rainsford has hunted. General Zaroff is also a hunter, but he goes to the extreme.
In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” Rainsford fits the category of Zaroff’s ideal animal to hunt, because Rainsford displays the attribute to reason by being able to make many life saving decisions throughout the story. Rainsford has the ability to reason from the very beginning of the story, because he was able to remain calm to make a life saving decision in an unnerving situation, which proves that he fits the quarry for Zaroff to hunt. As he was in the water, he recalls the gunshots he heard while he was still on the yacht, “they had come from the right, and doggedly he swam in that direction, swimming with slow, deliberate strokes, conserving his strength” (Connell 14). Whereas most people would have panicked in the situation
“The Most Dangerous Game,” by Richard Connell, is a narrative about Mr. Sanger Rainsford, a celebrated hunter, who finds himself on a secluded island after falling overboard a yacht. Rainsford locates a large building on the island and meets General Zaroff, who invites him to rest and replenish his health in his home. After Zaroff explains that he also enjoys hunting, he also reveals that he has discovered a new, more dangerous animal to hunt: humans. Zaroff forces Rainsford to become the hunted in order to win his freedom and return to the mainland. Connell’s central idea suggests that instinct does not always yield to reason.
Rainsford is initially shown to not show any empathy to the wild animals he hunts. Zaroff is no different, with him declaring, “I hunt the scum of the earth: sailors from tramp ships--lassars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels,” (9). Zaroff hunts humans who have the unfortunate luck to arrive on Ship-Trap Island. Zaroff gives no second thought about hunting humans because he finds them to be the perfect sport to hunt, and finds pleasure in hunting them. In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, the protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, and the antagonist, General Zaroff, are similar characters.
Also, General Zaroff is an extreme hunter and doesn’t find pleasure in hunting regular animals. Zaroff says the most dangerous game is humans because they have the ability to reason. Rainsford is going to be hunted and is given a certain amount of time to survive. Moreover, while Rainsford is being hunted Zaroff
In Richard Connell's short story"The Most Dangerous Game," the protagonist Sanger Rainsford is selfish, unsympathetic, and cruel. In the beginning, Rainsford talks to Whitney about the prey’s, in this case, the animal's perspective while being hunted, like how they feel. Rainsford and Whitney butt heads. Rainsford’s philosophy is much like Zaroff's. Rainsford disagrees with Whitney, who believes that animals can comprehend the fear of pain and death.
In Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game, the protagonist, Rainsford, experiences drastic character changes when a storm throws him overboard and he swims to what he thinks is safety on Ship-Trap Island. Rainsford, a big-game hunter, becomes stranded there with the insane General Zaroff who is obsessed with hunting. The general immediately recognizes and admires Rainsford as the author of books about hunting. The general welcomes Rainsford into his home, a grand chateau, and treats him with care and respect, but when he starts to talk about hunting, Rainsford realizes something is off. The general brags about how he stocks the island for big-game hunting, claiming that he hunts the most dangerous game--a new animal.
During his journey home he experiences many impeding steps, For example a cyclops battle, being trapped with the goddess Circe’s on her island, and being trapped with Calypso. In “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, Rainsford, the protagonist in the story, gets stranded on an island and is hunted by the antagonist General Zaroff. General Zaroff’s hunting sport is the hunting of Humans in the story. In both stories the main characters have to fight to survive against their foes.
I have read the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. In this story, Rainsford, a faimed author and hunter, falls off his ship and winds up on an island where he meets a man. This man turns out to be a former Russian General, General Zarroff. General Zarroff , it just so happens, is a hunter in his own but of a different nature. To escape the island he must outwit his host in the General’s own game of hunting.
John Milton once said, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” In other words, in every dark or gloomy situation, something moral comes with it. In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” by Richard Connell, a hunter named Rainsford falls overboard his yacht after hearing three gunshots. Rainsford swims toward the sound and ends up at an island called ‘Ship-Trap Island’. There, he meets a man named General Zaroff, who would do anything for a good hunt, no matter how cruel.
In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” Rainsford was justified in killing General Zaroff. Rainsford is a hunter who fell off a boat in the middle of no where. As he gets to land he runs into several obstacle courses, then gets to this big house and meets General Zaroff. General Zaroff also hunts, just not animals. He hunts something more dangerous such as humans who boats crashed like Rainsford.
Being hunted is like day’s hours, your life only last for a short amount of time. A hunter by the name Rainsford fell overboard his yacht and was stranded on a island. Rainsford met this savage man named General Zaroff, who hunted unexpected game that Rainsford wasn’t ready for. Rainsford will not hunt again because after being hunted and chased around in the woods by a savage-like man, he knows the feeling and the terror that the animal that’s being hunted feels.
Hunting animals and rodents are normal to everyday people, but for General Zaroff, hunting people is his everyday desire. His inhumane attitude creates him into a murderer for his own pleasure. The story, “The Most Dangerous Game” written by Richard Connell, is an adventurous, suspenseful, and grotesque thriller. The story takes place on a mysterious island in the Caribbean. The first main character we meet is Rainsford.
This shows that Rainsford knows what it feels like to be the prey being hunted by the hunter. By building traps in hopes of catching Zaroff, he’s just like an animal who tends to try and run away but fails. Rainsford understands and feels empathetic toward the animals he never cared about. Rainsford finally understands the fear his prey and empathizes with them, after being the huntee for a change.