The most dangerous game was written by Richard Connell in 1924. It is a short story which has mystery, suspense and adventure. Also, it shows how people do their best to survive in different situations. This story consists of two main characters, Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff. The story begins on a yacht in the Caribbean Sea. Rainsford swims to the island after falling off the yacht. He arrives at a small island called "Ship-Trap Island.”. On the mysterious Caribbean island, he finds a house owned by a hunter named Zaroff. Rainsford and Zaroff are both hunters but Zaroff is a world famous hunter. However, Zaroff hunts a different animal which can fight back “humans”. Zaroff reveals that he intends to hunt Rainsford, since he finds hunting …show more content…
I did not expect the story to change dramatically in the character Rainsford. Rainsford confronts the nature of life and death for the first time in his life. Rainsford conveys his thoughts on the difference between being the hunter and being the huntee. Early in the story, he clearly believes that being a hunter is beneficial, and it is not his fault that other creatures are hunted. He does not take the time to think about another perspective. Rainsford was a hunter but he became a hunted. Rainsford is faced with the challenge in the middle of the story. Also, the importance of empathy is shown through the changes that occur in Rainsford in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Moreover, it seems that Zaroff considers himself a god who can snuff out life as he pleases. In conclusion, the games are recreational activities designed to spend time in a fun and entertaining way. The objective of the games is distraction and relaxation of mind and body between friends and family members. Although the games are fun and exciting for people, General Zaroff likes to play dangerous games where he is the only one having fun and others are in fear of losing their lives. Finally, Rainsford is the stronger one but he 's become very animalistic and instinct in his nature to
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When Whitney was talking about the "Ship-Trap island" he was saying that ship always get lost or crash there. When she went to bed and Rainsford stayed to smoke another pipe he heard three gunshots coming from an island. He then fell off the boat and started swimming to the nearest island. When Rainsford falls off a boat and swims to an island. There on "ship-trap island" he find general Zaroff who hunts humans.
When Rainsford meets a psycho hunter, General Zaroff, who hunts humans for
Survive for three days with only a hunting knife and a supply of food while being hunted by General Zaroff. In the ending, Connell suddenly states that Rainsford had never slept in a better bed, cutting General Zaroff’s statement short. Rainsford
General Zaroff pretends to be a civilized person just living on a deserted island, but in reality, he is a cold-blooded murder. General Zaroff tricks Rainsford into a false sense of security only to throw him into the jungle and force him to participate in his disgusting game of hunting humans for amusement. Rainsford has to stay alive for three days in order to live, and he has to fight for his life during the hunt. In the end Rainsford is able to win, and by doing so gains knowledge that changes him. Rainsford is a dynamic character because he changes from being apathetic towards hunting animals, to empathetic towards hunting animals.
Zaroff and Rainsford may both be dangerous but the fact that Zaroff is selfish and careless makes him a completely different kind of person. At the end of the story the story Rainsford and General Zaroff are different people. In the story “The Most Dangerous Game” the characters Rainsford and General Zaroff are not similar. General Zaroff is more dangerous and does not care about others as much as he cares for himself. Rainsford Is Rainsford and General Zaroffs personality so different?
Rainsford is initially shown to not show any empathy to the wild animals he hunts. Zaroff is no different, with him declaring, “I hunt the scum of the earth: sailors from tramp ships--lassars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels,” (9). Zaroff hunts humans who have the unfortunate luck to arrive on Ship-Trap Island. Zaroff gives no second thought about hunting humans because he finds them to be the perfect sport to hunt, and finds pleasure in hunting them. In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, the protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, and the antagonist, General Zaroff, are similar characters.
Killing Zaroff was the only way Rainsford could be free. Since Rainsfords arrival in Zaroff’s home there was a feeling of danger. When Rainsford first entered Zaroff’s house Zaroff seemed very mysterious. Zaroff seemed too nice and sometimes hostile.
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.
Tanner Toussaint In the short story The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, Rainsford is justified in killing General Zaroff. One of the reasons why Rainsford is justified in killing General Zaroff is on the island the only way to live is to hunt or to be the one being hunted. Secondly, Rainsford is justified in killing General Zaroff because Zaroff wanted to die. Lastly, Rainsford is justified in killing General Zaroff because killing Zaroff is going to be the only way Rainsford will escape the island from a psychopath.
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
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).
It wrecks and everyone aboard the ship is drowning. A shark attacks one of the passengers. Then, Rainsford plays the game with Zaroff and is going to be hunted. While Rainsford is hiding, Zaroff comes after him with a bow and arrow and a rifle. In the story, he uses a short-range pistol.
When placed in this situation, Rainsford has transformed from being the hunter to becoming the huntee, and is now in the position of all the animals he has carelessly killed before. Towards the end of the story, while Rainsford is being hunted by Zaroff and his pack of dogs, the narrator describes how Rainsford feels by saying that: “Rainsford now knew how an animal at bay feels” (22). The sensation of extreme fear and worry had finally gotten to him, and he can relate to how the animals he hunt may
If the story was not set on an island Rainsford would have no other choice than to walk back to General Zaroff’s house, which would most likely result in his death. The setting contributes to Rainsford’s growth as a character. Now he is feeling what it is like to be hunted, just as the animals he hunts feel. He is learning what it is like to be stranded and isolated in the woods, while fearing