“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.
Evil is defined by Oxford Dictionary (2015), as “profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity, especially when regarded as a supernatural force: the world is stalked by relentless evil.” People do not accept God as their savior and end up living a life of destruction ruled by evil thoughts, actions, and words. People who
Pride is another human trait that prompts evil. People too proud to realize that they are a source of evil. Conrad also exposes Marlow, the story teller, as evil. Marlow never physically or verbally harms any other character. Instead, Marlow’s evil comes in the form of pride and silence.
After Ender destroys the bugger planet in the final simulation, Graff tells him the truth, that he has been killing real buggers, that the simulated games are not actually simulations. Graff’s reasoning is this: “Of course we tricked you into it. That’s the whole point, [...] It had to be a trick or you couldn’t have done it. We had to have a commander with so much empathy that he would think like the buggers, [...] So much compassion that he could win the love of his underlings [...] But somebody with that much compassion could never be the killer we needed.” (Scott Card, 342) His explanation demonstrates how he believes that sacrificing Ender’s feelings by lying to him is necessary to defeat the buggers to save humanity from possible destruction, emphasizing the theme of manipulation for the common good. They make Ender do what he hates most, hurting others, by isolating him into not trusting anybody, moulding him to the perfect commander, then tricking him into believing he was only battling simulations.
This quote shows that Rainsford himself thinks that General Zaroff is one of the most merciless demented creatures to exist. As Rainsford envisions the general as the devil, it helps the reader connect previous events, such as the borscht (which is a cold red soup) to death, but the reader must guess, who’s
Why had he turned back?” (Connell, 31)By stating this Connell shows Rainsford’s conflict with himself. Secondly, this also presents that Rainsford is incisive and clever in recognition towards what can be an obstacles in his survival. Moreover, going through many hardships at last Rainsford has reached his hunter, who is now his victim. Stated in the story, “I am still a beast at bay, he said in a low, hoarse voice. Get ready, General Zaroff.” (Connell, 34) Connell writes this to show that even though Rainsford has his morals of murder in mind, he also has his principals of finishing what is wrong.
In the Lord of the Flies, Jack tells the boys that “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages” (Golding 42). This is ironic because Jack later becomes an uncivilized savage. This can be related to how the general says, “Oh yes, we try to be civilized here,” (Connell 64) though he speaks of barbaric things such as murder for sport. Although Jack in the Lord of the Flies is not gentleman-like at all, it is ironic that General Zaroff does act like a gentleman.
He wants to prove that everyone is just as psychotic and evil as he is on the inside. Christopher Nolan believed that “truly threatening villains are the ones who have a coherent ideology behind what they’re saying. The challenge in applying that to The Joker was to have part of the ideology be anarchic and a lack of ideology in a sense. But it’s a very specific, laid-out lack of ideology, so it becomes, paradoxically, an ideology in itself” (Foundas, Scott). Ideology can be loosely defined as “socially shared set of ideas that shape behavior” (May 2336).
The actual fear of monsters could be easily associated with escapist fantasies and once again with categorization itself, since one might want to relate to the monstrous reality and culture. We distrust and loathe the monster for its freedom, independence, and ‘unchainedness’. () Escapist fantasies and excitement are yielding to the actual fear of the monster only when the monster is threatening, not contained, possibly trying to cross the boundaries. In other cases, it may serve as a delightful alter-ego, as a representation of the forbidden fruit. We do not fear the monsters in the horror movies, books, and pictures – for we know those are temporary and finite media of their presence.
Ironically enough, the dream goes against Raskolnikov’s initial belief that superior and extraordinary men don’t need order or law. A world full of these men results in total anarchy. Raskolnikov, through this dream which points out the flaw of his belief, realizes that he is not a nihilist. He steps out of his blind belief that left him with more harm than good. Character development in Crime and Punishment is essential to follow Raskolnikov’s progression of ideas and conflict regarding the murder he committed.