The Most Dangerous Game “The world is made up of two classes-- the hunters and the huntees.’’ Rainsfords states this at the beginning of The Most Dangerous Game. What he meant was that we are all like animals, some strong others weak. Rainsford is the main character in “The Most Dangerous Game” that is written by Richard Connell. In the story there is a conflict between the main character, Rainsford, and the villain, Zaroff. The story takes place in an isolated tropical island in the Caribbean. Zaroff and Rainsford share a character trait that determines Rainsford fate in the end of the story. Both are hunters and hunting for them is a lifestyle. Zaroff challenges and leaves Rainsford with no other choice but to be hunted. It’s Rainsford's …show more content…
This is said by Rainsford in the beginning of the story. Rainsford thought more about himself then he did the animals he was hunting. He never cared about the prey he took down. Zaroff becomes the hunter that is hunting Rainsford. This conflict gives Rainsford a taste of his own medicine. Rainsford’s point of view changed and now he has insight to what the animals he hunted felt. Rainsford manages to injure Zaroff several times. At the end of the story Rainsford is forced to jump in the murky waters at the edge of the island. When the readers lose hope and we think that Rainsford is but another one of Zaroff’s victims, Rainsford reappears in Zaroff’s bedroom. They have a final battle in which Rainsford comes out victorious. In Richard Connell’s story he supports the idea that the world is made up of two kinds of people(hunters and huntees). Leaders and Followers seems to fit better. Some people enjoy being leaders and others enjoy being followers. In this day in age most people are just followers and their okay with that. In the story Zaroff represents the bad and crazy people in the world. Rainsford represents the good and sane people on this earth. Some people's actions cause them to be bad. But like Rainsford we can be shown that maybe the way we do things isn’t the best way or the right
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Here in the story General Zaroff is injured by a trap that Rainsfords set. “But he was not quick enough, the dead tree crashed down and struck the general.(232) This quote shows Irony when in the start of the hunt General Zaroff thought that this was going to be an easy kill and he could continue on. Throughout the story Zaroff and Rainsford both exert arrogance.
In the story General Zaroff says,”Some he makes kings, some beggars. Me, He made a hunter” (Connell Pg. 223). This quote shows that General Zaroff is definitely a hunter, he has been a hunter for his whole life. Also in the story it shows that Rainsford is a major and famous hunter. General Zaroff mentions how he read Rainsfords books on hunting the Snow Leopard.
In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” Rainsford fits the category of Zaroff’s ideal animal to hunt, because Rainsford displays the attribute to reason by being able to make many life saving decisions throughout the story. Rainsford has the ability to reason from the very beginning of the story, because he was able to remain calm to make a life saving decision in an unnerving situation, which proves that he fits the quarry for Zaroff to hunt. As he was in the water, he recalls the gunshots he heard while he was still on the yacht, “they had come from the right, and doggedly he swam in that direction, swimming with slow, deliberate strokes, conserving his strength” (Connell 14). Whereas most people would have panicked in the situation
Rainsford has the difficulty to make himself continue on in the hunt while in a state of fear and fighting in the external conflict of the jungle around him. In the resolution of the main conflict, Rainsford exemplifies Connell’s central idea in that he kills Zaroff out of a survival instinct and not from a standpoint of
Both Rainsford and Zaroff share common passions, skills and ideology. Initially, there is admiration between both characters, but their similarities become the cause of the conflict. Rainsford murders Zaroff and has put an end to the murderous human
Also, General Zaroff is an extreme hunter and doesn’t find pleasure in hunting regular animals. Zaroff says the most dangerous game is humans because they have the ability to reason. Rainsford is going to be hunted and is given a certain amount of time to survive. Moreover, while Rainsford is being hunted Zaroff
However, it does not change for the better. In the middle of the story when he finds out Zaroff hunts fellow human beings, to Zaroff's surprise, Rainsford’s thought and reaction is utter shock and disbelief. “‘But you can’t mean-’ gasped Rainsford. ‘And why not?’”(10). Zaroff knowing Rainsford was a great hunter he hoped that Rainsford would accompany him on a hunt; however, Rainsford accuses him of being a cold-blooded killer.
This is shown when Rainsford got into Zaroff's room. Rainsford states “I’m still a beast at bay.” Then General Zaroff says “‘ I see... Splendid! One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds.
Therefore, Rainsford won’t ever hunt again because he is traumatized by his experiences on the island. With all his experiences on the island Rainsford became traumatized. For example when Zaroff tells Rainsford about the type of hunting he does, which he hunts actual men. “Hunting? Good God, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder” (Connell 23).
“Hunting people is not murdering”. This shows General Zaroff 's problem , he hunts humans like animals . Most dangerous game is a short story where General Zaroff sets people up to land on his island , where he keeps them captive and kills them . General zaroff should be prosecuted for hunting humans . He kills innocent people , he sets them up so the people can land on his island and he feeds his victims to his dogs .
Once Rainsford was on the island he met a man named Zaroff, a general who loved hunting but had become bored hunting animals so started hunting humans instead. Since the island was secluded, Zaroff was able to hunt people that were shipwrecked without getting caught. Eventually Zaroff decided to hunt Rainsford, who put up a good fight against his captor. Rainsford then found out how the animals felt when he had been hunting them and began to feel sympathy for them. His being hunted like an animal being hunted led him to figure out the value of life.
This shows that Rainsford knows what it feels like to be the prey being hunted by the hunter. By building traps in hopes of catching Zaroff, he’s just like an animal who tends to try and run away but fails. Rainsford understands and feels empathetic toward the animals he never cared about. Rainsford finally understands the fear his prey and empathizes with them, after being the huntee for a change.
Rainsford sets several traps as he is chased harming Zaroff or one of Zaroffs’s men/dogs. He is finally pined and jumps into the ocean from a cliff. Zaroff thinking he has won heads home but Rainsford beats him there confronting him. Zaroff challenges Rainsford saying whoever wins gets
Throughout the story the reader sees how Zaroff “plays” with Rainsford as he hunts him and not once does Zaroff think he will lose to Rainsford. This is a clear example of the theme to never underestimate your opponent skills or the underdog may overtake you. Connell illustrates this theme through foreshadowing, irony, and, man vs. man. To help us visualize, foreshadowing shows how Rainsford, being the underdog, will overtake Zaroff who underestimates Rainsford. Although Rainsford is not seen as being the weaker link, Rainsford showed he did not pity those below him: “‘Who cares how a jaguar feels all they understand is fear.’