When Rainsford first means Zaroff he sees him as a good hunter because of all of his trophies. Not much later Rainsford learns that Zaroff hunts humans, so Rainsford sees how evil a hunter can be. Another way Zaroff drives the theme is to make Rainsford feel like the animals he used to hunt. While Zaroff is hunting Rainsford, he says he now knows the true meaning of terrified; so now he knows how the animals he hunted felt. He also felt how it feels to know there isn’t much of a chance that you are going to survive.
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. Both Rainsford and Zaroff share common passions, skills and ideology. Initially, there is admiration between both characters, but their similarities become the cause of the conflict. Rainsford murders Zaroff and has put an end to the murderous human
“I am still a beast a bay” (80). In the previous quote Rainsford expresses that he still feels that he is being hunted. Killing a man is ok if it is in self-defense. In The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell Rainsford feels that what Zaroff does is murder. Zaroff does not believe what he does is murder but instead that he is giving them a chance.
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell is a short story. In his story there is a general, General Zaroff. who enjoys hunting humans and a animal hunter ,Rainsford. Rainsford somehow ends up as Zaroff’s quarry. In Rainsford’s conflict with the general he uses his hunting skills to survive Zaroff’s twisted “game”.
Hunters believe animals are not capable of reasoning and they see them as something lesser than humans. Throughout time, these positions can change. The short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” written by Richard Connell, consists of General Zaroff being the hunter and Rainsford being the hunted. During the story, their positions change to the complete opposite. Throughout the story the reader sees how Zaroff “plays” with Rainsford as he hunts him and not once does Zaroff think he will lose to Rainsford.
There are several conflicts in “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell; while person versus person is the most obvious, person versus self and person versus nature are also present. For example, the “jagged crags” upon which Rainsford lands scratch his hands until they are raw, and when Rainsford is trying to survive the hunt, nature once again acts as an obstacle. The muck is like “ a giant leech” and the insects “[bite] him savagely” through the dense vegetation. On the other hand, Rainsford faces an internal dilemma when he is talking to Zaroff about hunting humans for sport: while Rainsford is shocked by the proposition, he feels no revulsion, no disgust. Therefore, because Rainsford does not seem to have an internal aversion to Zaroff’s proposal, that causes a quandary - his lack of moral dilemma in this situation is a dilemma in itself.
This sounds like it would be a very sad place to live and if I were not personally living in it I would feel awful for the people that were. Imagine thinking about another society that all had handicaps and you being able to keep that thought in your head and not them. This is why I would not like to live in a utopia like this. In “The Most Dangerous Game” General Zaroff gets bored with hunting animals and decides that he can hunt humans that get trapped on his island. When a world renowned hunter gets caught on his island he decides to treat him like a friend instead of prey.
One thing that will not change in our world is the conflicts between opinions. It is easy to contradict people’s opinions based on our own point of view. In the story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell a controversial event emerges when Rainsford kills General Zaroff. Many people have different points of view on weather Rainsford is a murderer or not. Rainsford should not be considered a murderer because he needed to get of the island, felt threatened, and needed to win General Zaroff’s game.
He does give his prey weapons to fight with, but they are not strong enough weapons to help them fight back. He informs Rainsford of what weapons his prey gets when he first says “I give him a supply of food and an excellent hunt knife” (Connell 28). This may seem good, but really it is unfair because General Zaroff hunts with a pistol. A gun will most likely win every time, but Rainsford was very smart and knew just what to do because he was also a very skilled hunter. Rainsford also knew where to hide and how to cover up his tracks so it would be harder to find him.
The Most Dangerous Game Throughout the globe, people cherish hunting. It can be challenging, but still a great way of entertainment. Morally, hunting animals is okay or adequate, because it stays within reason. However, in “The Most Dangerous Game”, General Zaroff is convinced that killing humans for sport is acceptable. That idea is very absurd, for many different reasons.
The obvious conflict to the reader is the external conflict of man versus man. Zaroff determined to prove his skill as a hunter hunts Rainsford, while Rainsford fights against Zaroff to stay alive. Likewise, Rainsford and Zaroff also differ from the other in terms of their ideology, where Zaroff believes that hunting humans for sport is natural, and Rainsford disagrees. The subtle external conflict is the conflict of man versus nature, where Rainsford must battle against the conditions of the jungle to elude Zaroff. In addition to the external conflicts, Connell also includes the internal conflict of man versus himself in this story with Rainsford.
The character who I felt was more justified in his actions by the end of the story was Rainsford. One could argue, he did not act unjustly. The exposition stated Rainsford was a game hunter, hunting big, dangerous game. Zaroff was also a game hunter, but Zaroff became uninterested in hunting jaguars. Zaroff wanted to hunt an animal with intelligence to match his own, so he started hunting his fellow humans.
“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.
As well as, in “The Most Dangerous Game” Rainsford used is craftiness to show what it takes to be a survivor by being hunted by General Zaroff. In the story, Rainsford prepared a contraption that General Zaroff did not realize and he was struck in the shoulder by a lifeless tree. (page 14 line numbers 592-597) That contraption was very crafty to create. The contraption saved Rainsford because he would have gotten shot by General Zaroff. That also gave him another night to create another contraption so kill General Zaroff.
That is the reasons why Rainsford can’t sleep or quiet his brain. Rainsford changes his attitude toward big game hunting, his thoughts about hunting animals in the beginning of the story was to have fun and enjoyment of being the