Most Dangerous Game Theme Essay

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The adrenaline rush that accompanies a fast paced hunt may be exciting, but perhaps it is not so exciting to be the one on the wrong side of the gun. This is what happened to Rainsford during “The Most Dangerous Game” when he met General Zaroff. Through his judging nature, Rainsford drives the story's theme of walk a mile in somebody else's shoes. In “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, Sanger Rainsford is shown as Sneaky, Brave, and Intelligent. Rainsford is shown to be Brave in the story when he Jumped off the Cliff. A quote that shows this is, “Twenty feet below him the sea rumbled and hissed. Rainsford hesitated. He heard the hounds. Then he leaped far out into the sea…” (Connell 80). This quote shows that Rainsford is Brave because during this part, he is taking a chance and risking his life by jumping into the ocean. During the …show more content…

The theme of the story is, walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes. Throughout the game, Rainsford has to walk in the shoes of the animals he hunted. He was forced to hide from the hunter, which was the General, just like the animals tried to hide from him when he was hunting them. In addition, Rainsford ran away from the General and had to take risks to escape just like when he hunted the animals. Aswell, At the end of the story, Rainsford says, “I am still a Beast at Bay.”(The Most Dangerous Game) This shows that Rainsford has learned the theme of the story because when he says that he is saying that he is still a trapped animal that has to fight back. This shows that he now knows how it felt to be hunted, and to be trapped and having to fight back and take risks to survive. Before the events that occurred in the story Rainsford had no idea how the animals felt and didn’t care how they felt, but after those events he knew how they felt and thought while being hunted and definitely cared about how they felt because he knew how much it hurt

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