In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” the main character Rainsford had gotten stranded on a dangerous island where Zaroff, a Russian Cossack General, hunted humans for sport. He feels that God put the weak on earth to give the strong pleasure, and up until it was his turn to be hunted, so did Rainsford. Earlier in the story Rainsford had stated, “The world is made up of two classes-- the hunters and the huntees.” And as harsh as it may sound, it is technically correct. The world is made of hunters and huntees, predator and prey.
The Most Dangerous Game In “The Most Dangerous Game”, after falling off of a yacht, Rainsford catches himself in a game that doesn't follow his ideas on hunting. Initially, Rainsfords philosophy about hunting is as he states, “The world is made up of two classes - the hunter and the huntees.” but he finds himself in a pickle where he changes his entire philosophy about hunting, as he finds himself playing “cat and mouse” with a crazy, dangerous man running around an island trying to figure out what to do next as he is the hunted. Rainsford believes that as a hunter he does not think it does not matter what the animal feels as he is being hunted.
Character Analysis: “The Most Dangerous Game” The main reason I chose the antagonist in “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell is that there is a lot of bad features about General Zaroff, which I want to figure out. I‘m studying three traits about General Zaroff,the three traits I picked are Heartless, Smart, and unfair. “The Most Dangerous Game” is about a Russian hunter, who got bored with hunting animals. One trait is heartless because General Zaroff didn’t care for Ivan, and he treated Ivan like he was an object to be used.
These two extreme hunters take on the biggest challenge of all, which is being a hunter or the huntee. As this story builds, these two men start to grow to a hatred of each other. They end up playing a game, where Zaroff hunts the most dangerous game, Rainsford. If Zaroff kills or gets Rainsford within a certain amount of time then he, Rainsford, loses and dies in the process. However, if that doesn't happen and Rainsford stays alive and out of his way, then Rainsford wins and keep his life.
In Richard Connell’s short story ‘’The Most Dangerous Game,” a world class hunter and author Sanger Rainsford finds himself running from a psychotic general on a secluded tropical island. Rainsford has to not only run for his life, but mortally fight back to survive a deadly game of hunt or be hunted. Theme of the story is role reversal, which forces Rainsford to change over the course of the story. In fact, Rainsford’s perception of hunting and of the animal's feelings reverse completely. He realizes that his idea of what animals felt like was wrong in its entirely, and through understanding what it is like to be hunted, he becomes less ignorant and naive.
Rainsford declines Zaroff’s invitation to join in the hunt and goes to bed. “Rainsford knew now how an animal at bay feels”(Connell pg. 235).I agree with the statement because there is two classes in this story the hunters that hunt and the huntees that are being hunted. Rainsford demands to leave the island at once, but the general refuses and forces Rainsford to be his new Prey. In the next hunt, hoping that Rainsford, as a renowned big-game hunter will provide the challenges he seeks.
The imagery that Connell creates in The Most Dangerous Game captivates the audience into a tale that makes one’s heart stop even for a split second. The feelings of suspense are nearly tangible to the reader when the silence of the writing surrounds them. Additionally, the two contradicting moods are easily flowed through together and yet discreetly set apart due to Connell’s use of imagery in various scenes. Despite all the other literary devices used within The Most Dangerous Game, imagery has to be the element that really allows the emotions of the literary piece to connect to its
Sometimes life can be a dangerous game, and in this story one man gets caught in the most dangerous game of all. This short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, is about Rainsford, a great hunter, who gets lost and finds himself in a tricky situation with another great hunter named General Zaroff. These hunters share the same interests and viewpoint when it comes to the animals they hunt, except when Rainsford realizes that Zaroff may be hunting a different kind of prey. Although these two characters feel the same way about animals not having feelings, Rainsford changes his mind when he realizes what being hunted really feels like. Both Rainsford and General Zaroff are unsympathetic towards their prey.
This example reveals that Eckels’ self-centered talking caused hurtful consequences for the other men and that saying certain things can impact others immensely. Another example of Eckels’ self-centeredness is after Eckels runs of the path. The action itself is self-centered, but Eckels’ reaction to it is flawed as well. After Travis denies Eckels a ride back to the present age since he ran off the path, Eckels desperately pleads, “‘I’ll pay anything. A hundred thousand dollars.’”
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.
‘“I rather think [animals] understand one thing –fear. The fear of pain and death”’ (1) declares Whitney, a character from The Most Dangerous Game. Sanger Rainsford, the protagonist in this tale written by Richard Connell, experiences what prey feels like, as the hunter, becomes the hunted. The prize of survival becomes more valuable as the story unfolds. Apprehension heightens as Rainsford reaches for the prize.
"The Most Dangerous Game" statement of The world is made up of two classes -- "the hunters and the huntees" is a great statement that makes sense. The Most Dangerous Game is about a man named Zaroff who lives on an island by himself. The people that come to the island get trained to get ready for the game. The game involves people going through the jungle, hiding from Zaroff as he hunts them. Both the hunters and the huntees have a different view on the conflict.
Rainsford reactions to his first day on Ship-Trap Island are that Rainsford might be thinking he wished not to fell off the boat in the first place. Another example that is going through Rainsford mind is that when he met General Zaroff, Rainsford thought he was pretty chill and cool. The stuff that is going through mind because Zaroff told him that there is another big game to hunt and the big game is hunting humans. Rainsford is thinking about Zaroff, thinking that he is an insane man or person for what he does. That is the reasons why Rainsford can’t sleep or quiet his brain.
In the fictional story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, the author talks about the character traits and how they are related to the conflict. The external conflict reveals many traits that the characters have and how those traits are described about them. Through the conflicts, Rainsford is revealed to be a clever and persistent person who doesn’t give up and Zaroff is a cunning, passionate person. During the conflict, Rainsford is revealed to be clever because he sets up sneaky traps and plans to avoid being spotted by Zaroff.
Before Rainsford entered the “Dangerous Game,” General Zaroff, the owner of the island, tried to persuade Rainsford to believe that killing humans is not murder. The General was explaining to Rainsford that he had invented a new animal to hunt, a animal that can reason, make hunting last longer and more interesting, humans. Rainsford couldn’t help but to speak; “‘Hunting? Good God, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder’” (Connell 27).