The Most Dangerous Game Comparison

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People instinctively spread apart because of their differences, but what people forget is that we’re all in a time of growing. An individual grows like a beautiful, unique tree but as we grow, another, equally beautiful and unique tree is planted next to you. It’s the differences in our leaves that bring our best friends planted next to us along our season of growth. The film, High Noon takes place in a western town, in the mid to late 1800s. When Frank Miller is returning to town, the newlywed marshal, Will Kane decides whether to leave for his honeymoon or stay and battle it out with Frank. The short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” written by Richard Connell is wrapped around a famous hunter named Sanger Rainsford. Rainsford gets trapped…show more content…
“We built it with our own hands, from nothing. . . to put up stores, build factories. . . but. . .shooting and killing in the streets. . . They’ll think this is just another wide-open town” (315 Foreman). This quote from High Noon describes the western, lawless town of the mid to late 1800s that is Hadleyville. In the film, newlywed, Will Kane, lives in the lawless town, of Hadleyville, as the marshal, so he’s familiar with the nick nacks of town and any news that spread around. Which is how he had gotten news of Frank Miller returning to town, which is additionally the main conflict of the film. “Ship-Trap Island,” Whitney replied. ”A suggestive name, isn’t it? Sailors have a curious dread of the place” (3 Connell). “Dense jungle came down to the edge of the cliffs” (5-6 Connell). These quotes from “The Most Dangerous Game”, tell the reader that this setting has taken place in the unfamiliar jungles of South America, in the early 1800s. But Connell also sets the mood as mysterious, ominous and insidious. In the short story, Rainsford is met with the external conflict of survival in the mysterious unclaimed, unfamiliar troubles that is of the jungle, and for the most part, alone. In the film the setting serves as an advantage to Will, however with the short story Rainsford is met with an immediate…show more content…
The settings of the film and short story affect their stories differently. High Noon displays a lawless, western town in the mid to late 1800s, and because Will Kane lives there as the marshal has access to any and all news that floats around through the collaborative work of the citizens of Hadleyville, giving him the advantage. However, the South American jungle presented in “The Most Dangerous Game” of the early 1800s, Rainsford is met with the challenge to survive in the dense forests of the unfamiliar jungle alone with only his skills as a hunter, to guide him. The similarities within the characters affect the story similarly as well, with a few spin-offs of course. Both Will and Rainsford share a strong will to fight, met with equal or unequal challenges, and forced to gamble with their lives, this affects both stories how this may add suspense when met with disadvantages, or tension when an equal opponent is met. The theme. The themes of both the film and the short story share however timeless messages, they are both equally important and relevant in today’s world. High Noon expresses a theme of responsibility and facing your problems. Even though he retired as marshal and was going to his honeymoon with his wife, he returns to town knowing
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