“Inside each of us, there is the seed of both good and evil. It 's a constant struggle as to which one will win. And one cannot exist without the other,” these are the words of Eric Burdon that summarize the events that took place in Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell. In Lord of the Flies, young boys were stranded on a deserted island during a world war and were striving to survive in a civilized manner. Similarly, in The Most Dangerous Game, a man named Rainsford found himself on an isolated island owned by a man who enjoyed hunting humans for fun, and so this man forced Rainsford to become the prey of his hunting game. Though the plot of the stories differs, one concept persists in both texts …show more content…
After landing on an island through a series of unfortunate events, Rainsford found himself on what he believed was a stranded island. Prior to coming to the island, Rainsford was a man who was civil and was accustomed to the laws of society and principles of sane humans. After seeing signs of human life on the island, he found a general named Zaroff who elegantly told Rainsford that he enjoyed hunting humans and talked in a nonchalant manner as if it was a game to him. With fear, Rainsford tried to back away but was ultimately forced to play the prey of the hunter’s (Zaroff’s) game. Similar to Lord of the Flies, this story was also set on an island which helped induce the savagery within Rainsford. General Zaroff lived on a remote island that was feared by Rainsford’s friend before she abandoned Rainsford and said “The place has a bad reputation – a bad one” which implies people avoid the area. This meant that general Zaroff was free to do whatever he pleased and this allowed his vicious fantasies to become reality. Zaroff’s sadistic game transformed Rainsford into a savage beast, as exemplified in the text “Rainsford did not smile. ‘I am still a beast at bay.’” Rainsford started as a sane human being who changed after coming to the island due to Zaroff’s influence. All this happened because general Zaroff lived in a secluded area and no one was there to stop his barbarity. By living on an island, he was able to carry out his games and practice his savagery without …show more content…
In Lord of the Flies, Golding believed that civilization was a social construct and to illustrate that, he took a group of boys who were originally sophisticated but then altered due to moving from a normal place to a place without social constructs. Richard Connell however thought that savagery was learned as the prey of Zaroff’s game embodied animosity when they were being hunted as Rainsford did. Zaroff’s games however could have only been done in a place without laws, so choosing an island was ideal. Because of this choice, he was able to inflict people with savagery. Setting the story in an island without society is very convenient because it is easy for the characters to do what they would not be able to do in a public place, therefore making it perfect for chaos which can combat the experiences of civilization they had
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After Rainsford knocks on the door of the strange chateau in a jungle on the island, he meets the owner of the place General Zaroff. When Rainsford and General Zaroff start talking about Zaroff’s “game,” suspense rises. Zaroff hunts humans instead of animals in his game, and when they start talking about what happens if one of them loses, you’ll want to continue reading to see who wins and how. While they are talking about what happens if either one loses, General Zaroff says that if he loses, he will acknowledge himself as defeated and he will place Rainsford on the mainland near a town. This also makes you want to continue to read on and see who wins the game and what
He then finds a chateau where he meets General Zaroff, a sophisticated man, who proves to be civilized in his own ways. Rainsford respects the general at first thinking he was a true gentleman. That was until Rainsford finds out about the general’s cruel big game. Since the general has gotten bored of hunting animals, he has a new tough crave to hunt human beings, the only animal that can reason thus face him with a challenge. He also arrogantly claims that he once had to break the rules to be able to maintain the record of him never losing at this game.
Additionally, the conch shell symbolizes organization and authority, and when it gets smashed, so does the civilization left in the boys. They first elected their leader, Ralph, based solely on the fact that he was attractive and he had the conch. During the moments when it seemed the boys were contemplating their choice, they did an overview of each of the candidates including Ralph, “there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out. There was his size, attractive appearance and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch… the delicate thing balanced on his knees and set him apart.” (22).
The environment, specifically the power within proves stronger than the character traits of those involved. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, there is a complete and very sudden elimination of civilization and structure within the group of boys. This is significant because of their age and the lack of ability to be independent that has not developed enough to the extent that they have the capability to survive on a deserted island together without any adults. For instance, Ralph exclaims “No grownups!” (Golding 8).
We can infer that while on the yacht, feeding a human being to animals would never have occurred to him, and if it had, that he would have treated it like “grisly...cold-blooded murder.” Revenge also did not seem to be an important aspect to him before becoming the subject of Zaroff's dangerous game, but when he returns and encounters Zaroff in his bedroom, he soon resumes the hunt, this time with Zaroff as the prey. Rainsford compromises his own morals by continuing the game, and he even seems to enjoy killing his new human prey, resting comfortably in Zaroff's “very excellent” bed after killing the general and feeding him to the hounds. Thus, the reader realizes that perhaps Rainsford may have decided that hunting humans is not so “barbaric” after
He is a talented hunter who was going to hunt an exotic animal with his friend Whitney on the island called Ship-Trap Island. In the beginning of the story, he had no sympathy towards animal that he hunted simply because he believed that the world is made up of two classes; the hunters and the huntees. Nonetheless this change after he met Zaroff finding a way to survive. One evidence that shows how Rainsford considers Zaroff civilized is when Rainsford says to Zaroff on page forty-five “The table appointments were of the finest- the linen, the crystal, the silver, the china.” The explanation for this quote is that Rainsford was bewildered by all of the fancy elements on Zaroff’s table demonstrating that he had wealth and seemed
Not only was rainsford in a conflict with General Zaroff he is in conflict with himself as he is finding his way to Ship Trap Island. “‘I must keep my nerve, I must keep my nerve,’ he said through tight teeth” (12). Rainsford also had a conflict with himself on the island when he was deciding what to do to get away from Zaroff. Rainsford was able to overcome the internal conflict when the dogs were chasing him and he needed to make the decision to jump into the water, fight the dogs, or climb a tree and hide. Man versus himself is very important to Connell’s story.
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
Firstly, in the story The Most Dangerous Game, Rainsford is justified in killing General Zaroff because on the island the only way to live is if the stranded people hunt or the stranded will in contrast become the ones being hunted. In the beginning of the story Rainsford is talking to Whitney about jaguars. Whitney is stating that the jaguars must feel some sort of feeling like fear or terror but in contrast Rainsford states that the jaguars have no understanding of feelings. Then Rainsford is put on a island where he symbolically represents the jaguar and General Zaroff would symbolically represent the hunter.
Rainsford faces many conflicts along his journey on the island, such and man v.s nature, man v.s. himself, and man v.s man. He has to overcome all of this in order to keep calm, and survive. One of the conflict in “The Most Dangerous Game”, was man v.s. nature. This conflict presented itself at the beginning of the story, when Rainsford fell into the water.
The Most Dangerous Game Essay In the short story the most dangerous game Rainsford was justified in killing general Zaroff. Rainsford was a person who fell off the ship,and swim to land. He went to a nice building for food,and people that help. General Zaroff was the one who bought the island and know everything about it.
After General Zaroff reveals that he hunts other human beings, Rainsford exclaims, “‘Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder.’ The general laughed with entire good nature”(Connell 8). Rainsford is bewildered at the thought of Zaroff murdering for the good hunt. Furthermore when the general finds Rainsford’s disbelief amusing, it shows that the general has lost touch with reality and has no emotions except greed.
Therefore, Rainsford won’t ever hunt again because he is traumatized by his experiences on the island. With all his experiences on the island Rainsford became traumatized. For example when Zaroff tells Rainsford about the type of hunting he does, which he hunts actual men. “Hunting? Good God, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder” (Connell 23).
In THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME Rainsford can be described as a clever, sneaky, and dangerous person. Rainsford is clever and skillful because Rainsford is a hunter so he can make traps and know how to survive in the wild. This is seen in the story when I says, “not many men know how to make a Malay man catcher” .
In Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game,” Sanger Rainsford is forced to test his survival skills while he is intensely hunted by an experienced war general named General Zaroff. In this story, Rainsford exhibits some very helpful characteristics like his resourcefulness, his strategic planning, and his ability to reason. As a result of Rainsford’s questioning the validity of General Zaroff’s hunting methods, he ended up playing in the game. Although I believe Rainsford is a very helpful, interesting, and dynamic character, at the end of the story, he must give up his own personal morals to win the game.