Rainsford who is innocent of what is going to happen says, “The world is made up of two classes—the hunters and the huntees. Luckily you and I are the hunters”. This comment makes readers suspect that the tables are going to turn on Rainsford. Because they don’t know how it’s going to happen if it even does, readers feel stress and suspense. Later in the story, Rainsford is in the general’s home and admiring his hunting trophies.
His solution was to build a house on a deserted island and bring humans there, so he could hunt them. Ironically, this time the person that happens to find the island is a hunter also. Zaroff gives Rainsford a bag of food, a large hunting knife, hunting clothes, and gives him a few hour head start. If Rainsford can survive for three days in the woods, while being hunted by Zaroff, then he is free to go. There are many themes in “The Most Dangerous Game” by Connell, but the most significant are man versus himself, the battle, and man versus nature.
Then the boys go back into the castle. Soon the storm clears up and Wart wants to go out hunting, with a hawk. Kay agrees and they go out hunting. But since the hawk is not ready to go out to hunt the hawk flies up into the trees and evades both Kay and Wart. Kay storms back to the castle, mad at himself for making that mistake, and Wart stays to look for the hawk.
Mastery is attained only through the separation from a pack mentality. Throughout the narrative, Buck is a part of a group of dogs serving men. When John Thornton cuts Buck loose from the brutal torture of his masters, he is also setting Buck free from a pack mentality. Even when Buck serves his new master Thornton with total devotion and love, he has a growing attraction to the wild. His eagerness for a solitary life in the wild overcomes him eventually that takes him back to the wild.
For instance, the story shows man versus nature conflicts because when the men are being hunted by the General they have to avoid the quicksand that was in the swamp. If they were to fall in the quicksand their chances of getting out slim and nature would have defeated them not the General. This shows that one way man versus nature is included in the story is that they have to overcome quicksand. Also another man versus nature that was shown in the story was that they had to escape from animals. General Zaroff has dogs that assist him in finding his prey of the game.
Throughout generations, people have been hunting for food and population control, but in “The Most Dangerous Game” Rainsford thinks that hunting is a sport until he becomes the hunted. In the story, Rainsford met General Zaroff on the island; Rainsford thought he was a nice guy until he started hunting humans. Rainsford didn’t agree with him and refused to hunt, and he wanted to leave immediately, but Zaroff was started to hunt him. Rainsford uses his skills and knowledge to survive against General Zaroff. In “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell suggests to, trust yourself or you won’t succeed.
Ralph remains to be fair and starts to say, “we’ll have a vote on them; on ghosts I mean; and then go to the shelters because we’re all tired” (90). Despite not actually knowing the identity of the beast, it is destroying the inside of the group and must figure out the truth. Ralph is growing mature as time goes on as now he believes he has to conquer a beast that is the center of terror. This shows Ralph’s change because of how determined he is to climb the mountain and face whatever he comes up against because he must defeat the beast before thinking about
Once down, that was the end of you” (London, 5). Instead of intimidating Buck, this makes Buck determined to “see to it that he never went down” (London, 5). This lesson of how there is no fairness in the wild, is called the law of club and fang, and it helps Buck immensely in the future when he gets into fights with other dogs. It is very possible that Buck would have died if he had not learnt this lesson. No one else teaches Buck this lesson, he comes to this conclusion on his own.
In “The Most Dangerous Game”, Rainsford has the odds completely stacked against him. The general believes he has killed Rainsford, and returns to his home at night. To the general’s surprise, Rainsford is in his room, waiting for him. Although he knew he had won the game, “Rainsford did not smile. ‘I am still a beast at bay,’ he said, in a low, hoarse voice.
People may want other things besides animals such as family or reading materials. George finds Lennie by the lakeside where they arrived and begins to tell him their dream but then the inevitable happens. George shoots Lennie is the back of the head, mercy killing. He had no choice because it was either torture for Lennie for the rest of his life or be killed to save him from the suffering. Curley and the others arrive driven by anger and Slim goes over to George and tries to reassure him.