Raining In Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game

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John Milton once said, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” In other words, in every dark or gloomy situation, something moral comes with it. In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” by Richard Connell, a hunter named Rainsford falls overboard his yacht after hearing three gunshots. Rainsford swims toward the sound and ends up at an island called ‘Ship-Trap Island’. There, he meets a man named General Zaroff, who would do anything for a good hunt, no matter how cruel. In Ray Bradbury’s, “All Summer In a Day,” it has been raining every single day, for seven years. Therefore, almost all of the nine year old children living on Venus only can recall the memory of rain. But, that is changed when the sun replaces the rain for two hours and finally…show more content…
After General Zaroff reveals that he hunts other human beings, Rainsford exclaims, “‘Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder.’ The general laughed with entire good nature”(Connell 8). Rainsford is bewildered at the thought of Zaroff murdering for the good hunt. Furthermore when the general finds Rainsford’s disbelief amusing, it shows that the general has lost touch with reality and has no emotions except greed. Plus, when Zaroff laughs at such a serious matter, his evil ways shine through, which makes Rainsford stand out as the moral character of the story. Shortly after Rainsford accuses General Zaroff of murder, they are debating how the general could do something so cruel, “‘But they are men,’ said Rainsford hotly. ‘Precisely,’ said the general. ‘That is why I use them. It gives me pleasure”’(Connell 8). Richard Connell portrays a dark and evil tone by using the word “pleasure” after talking about hunting and killing men. Since Rainsford is opposed to Zaroff's actions, it makes Rainsford stand out as a better character compared to the evil actions of Zaroff. It is important to be able to recognize the moral people and the evil people in ones life so that one associates with the right group of people; therefore, one will not be betrayed, but instead, one would be happy. Similarly, Ray Bradbury uses a dark and evil tone to help…show more content…
On the planet Venus, it has been raining for seven years, causing nothing but sadness to the nine year old students living there. “A thousand forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up a thousand times to be crushed again”(Bradbury 1). When Bradbury puts the words “crushed again,” in the text, it symbolizes how much the rain affected the lives of those living on Venus. Just like how the trees were getting crushed, all the childrens dreams of experiencing summer were crushed by the rain, making the rain the evil figure of the story. But, as soon as the sun comes out, the children are jubilant and, “They were running and turning their faces up to the sky and feeling the sun on their cheeks like a warm iron”(Bradbury 3). Excitement is shown through the actions of the children “running and turning their faces up towards the sky”; when kids are excited, it means they are happy, and happiness is caused by moral things in the world like the sun. Not only is it important to know the difference between evil and moral people, but it is also important to know the difference between evil and moral objects or settings. When one is surrounded by gloomy weather and objects that give off a bad vibe, one is put into a bad mood. Instead, one should be surrounded by moral people and objects, to keep them
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