He says in quote 2 “I’m still a beast at bay,” (Connell 18), referring to himself as prey is a major change. Due to him becoming sympathetic towards the prey, it might affect his hunting, whether or not he will continue the sport he loved. When the hunting tables were turned on Rainsford, in Richard Connell’s, The Most Dangerous Game, we see into the mind of Rainsford. He learns what it I’d like to be hunted, and his thoughts from before, to during, to after, all affects his views on the sport oh hunting
Rainsford is a hunter through and through. Before Rainsford’s encounter on General Zaroff’s island, his logic on hunting is that it is a game that harms no one; the hunter gets his prize, and the animal is never aware of what’s going on. Rainsford discusses this idea with his fellow hunter, Whitney, who both are fortunate to be the hunters, not the hunted. Rainsford displays this when he remarks to Whitney, “Who cares how a jaguar feels?... They’ve no understanding.”(p. 17) Rainsford then further explains his perception of hunting when he continues, “The world is made up of two classes - the hunters and the huntees.
The first hunter, Rainsford, believes that hunters should respect their prey, and that the prey is equal to the hunter. Although, there are only two types of people in the world: the hunter and the hunted. General Zaroff presumes that the weak are here for the strong to prey upon. Based on both philosophies and evidence the book gives, the reader may then conclude that there are two types of people: the hunter and the prey.
On the last day Zaroff brings his hounds to help him with the hunt, once Rainsford hears the voices of the hounds he “[knows] how an animal at bay feels” (Connell,183). 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.
While speaking to Whitney, he was a hunter and regarded the prey he hunted and killed as inferior in the parameters he set. His dismissal of the life he killed didn’t make him think as superior to them but it shows his contempt of life towards those he hunted. His perspective on killing might also have been drastically changed. When he was invited to the hunt by General Zaroff, he begged off and said that he was a hunter and not a murder. He views the killing of animals as acceptable but not killing of humans.
Being civilized means being ( A place or people) to stage a social, cultural, and moral development, considered to be more advanced. I thinks it means who is better at hunting in this story. Evidence from the story shows that Zaroff considers himself civilize, Rainsford considers Zaroff civilized, and Rainsford considers himself civilized. Now “You see, I read all books about hunting published in English, French, and Russian (page 45). witch to me that is him saying he is trying to make himself look cranny.
The reader can almost sense a self centeredness, and that he believes that there are only two type of people in this world, “the hunters and the huntees”, and he believes that he is the hunter. The personalities of the the protagonist and antagonist play an instrumental role in the overall meaning of the story. Theme also plays a role in the overall meaning of the story. Although one could find many different themes within The most dangerous game, but the theme of covered in this essay is that survival is of those who are smart, cunning, and can adapt to many different environments. This can be applied to many different species within the world.
For man against himself Rainsford is trying not to give up on himself and keep battling the general so he will not get killed. Throughout the story Rainsford has many challenging difficulties but can he survive and win the game? One of the main conflicts in “The Most Dangerous Game” is man against man. Man against man first takes place when General Zaroff is hunting Rainsford. The narrator says, “Rainsford held his breath.
The reader can infer that Rainsford is a hunter by only reading the first page of the short story. The author gives us evidence that Rainsford is a hunter by a conversation had with his hunting partner, Whitney of their up coming hunt. “‘The best sport in the world,’ agreed Rainsford. ‘‘For the hunter, amended Whitney. ‘ Not for the Jaguar’ ‘Don’t talk rot, Whitney,’ said
In “The Most Dangerous Game” Richard Connell is trying to show that human beings are civilized it is just not all of them are. He shows that not all people are civilized in how Zaroff was in killing other men for the fun of it. He shows how people are civilized in how Rainsford did not see what Zaroff was doing right like Zaroff does. It was very ironic when Rainsford turns into the one being hunted when he doesn’t care about how the jaguar feels. Richard Connell is trying to show that everyone is going to be different and show how civilized they are in different