Interpreting Characterization: The Most Dangerous Game, By Richard Connell

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Interpreting Characterization In life, we generally use actions and appearances to figure out a certain person´s personality. Authors use characterization to show us, the readers, what makes each character unique and different from all others. Some could be mad hunters or even ungrateful, selfish brats, each story brings different personalities to the table. Three authors use characterization in effective ways: Richard Connell created Rainsford, a dynamic hunter who becomes the huntee; Guy de Maupassant created Mathilde, a selfish women that learns the value of what she already owns; Richard Connell created General Zaroff, a fearless hunter that enjoys hunting humans. In ¨ the Most Dangerous Game,¨ Rainsford proves to be in ¨the Necklace,¨ …show more content…

This idea of General Zaroff´s arrogance is shown when he states, ¨Oh, it isn't here naturally of course. I have to stock the island. What have you imported, Rainsford asked, tigers? The general smiled, no, he said, hunting tigers seized to interest me¨ (Connell 8). General Zaroff is self centered and arrogant that he has to import his own ¨animals¨ (humans) to hunt. He brings his own game, for himself and only himself, on his island to hunt. He believes that this is not wrong and that the strong should be the only race to survive. The ones that aren't strong enough she be hunted by the ones that are. General Zaroff´s arrogance is also shown on the first day of the game against Rainsford. The ides of Zaroff´s arrogance is created by Connell writing ¨The general's eyes had left the ground and were traveling inch by inch up the tree. Rainsford froze there, every muscle tensed for a spring. But the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they reached the limb where Rainsford la; a smile spread over his brown face¨ (Connell 18). General Zaroff shows his arrogance by sending a mental message to Rainsford to show he knows where Rainsford is hiding but doesn´t want to kill him on the first day of the game. General Zaroff is playing a mind game with Rainsford to get in …show more content…

To do this, authors must use strong word choice when describing the characters and the situations they are involved in. Three authors use characterization in this way, to keep the readers interested: : Richard Connell created Rainsford, a dynamic hunter who ironically becomes the huntee; Guy de Maupassant created Mathilde, a selfish women that finally learns the value of what she already owns; Richard Connell created General Zaroff, a fearless hunter that enjoys hunting humans. In ¨ the Most Dangerous Game,¨ Rainsford proves to be skilled, in ¨the Necklace,¨ Mathilde proves to be ungrateful, in ¨the Most Dangerous Game,¨ General Zaroff proves to be arrogant. As shown by these authors characterization brings life to stories and makes everything seem

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