In The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, Rainsford says, “The world is made up of two classes-the hunters and the huntees.” This quote shows than Rainsford believes that human life is clearly more valuable than animal life. This is also shown when he says, “Hunting? Great guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder.” He says this in response to finding out that Zaroff hunts humans. Though he has no qualms about killing animals for personal pleasure, Rainsford clearly puts a high value on human life. Zaroff, on the other hand, does not value human life as highly as Rainsford.
He only resorted to hunting humans because he was bored with the regular styles of hunting. There was no more thrill in hunting for him, so he tried to find a new challenge for himself. Advancing with this topic, Zaroff could have done a variety of different things to replace hunting to give himself that thrill. For example, he could challenge himself with different styles or methods of hunting. Instead his sport of murdering humans he could also try new weapons to hunt animals with, or maybe even invent new weapons used for hunting.
Hunters believe animals are not capable of reasoning and they see them as something lesser than humans. Throughout time, these positions can change. The short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” written by Richard Connell, consists of General Zaroff being the hunter and Rainsford being the hunted. During the story, their positions change to the complete opposite. 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.
Atticus showed courage when he shot the rabid dog because he knew he was going to kill the dog because he’s a good shot but Heck Tate was relying on him to keep everyone safe and unharmed. He says that this isn’t courageous but I disagree because if he kills the dog and doesn’t miss. “ I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. (Pg.128)” Atticus thinks that this isn’t courage because he wants his kids to see you can be courageous without a gun, a gun is never the answer.
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.
In Rainsford’s conflict with the general he uses his hunting skills to survive Zaroff’s twisted “game”. At the beginning of the story Rainsford has a respect for Zaroff but loses that respect when he finds out what it is that he hunts . Still General Zaroff continues to invite Rainsford to hunt with him, but when he says no and that he doesn 't condone murder Zaroff turns him into his quarry. Before Rainsford got to the
When Rainsford first entered Zaroff’s house Zaroff seemed very mysterious. Zaroff seemed too nice and sometimes hostile. When Zaroff talked about hunting with Rainsford, Zaroff seemed obsessed with hunting to the point where it became scary. Rainsford finally realized the threat Zaroff was when he refused to hunt
Nonetheless, it wasn't enough to keep him in the army. His desire for hunting is too strong to abandon. 3. Can you elaborate on the reason for why General Zaroff decided to hunt humans instead of wild animals? After many years of hunting animals, it became boring for General Zaroff.
Ralph had everyone doing tasks, to keep the production going. Jack kept refusing to do anything Ralph would say, he’d always disagree, even when he knew he was wrong. Jack only wanted to hunt and kill things, even if it was his own peers, that’s what he loved to do, and he wouldn’t stop. Jack and the savages became very untrustworthy, and unpredictable, they were dangerous. Ralph tried getting the hunters to come back into his clan, so Jack would be on his own, but they always did what Jack said, even if they knew it was wrong.
The Irony of the Hunter or Hunted In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game”, Richard Connell uses irony to reveal that what is said and done is not always what it appears to be throughout the story. In the beginning of the story Rainsford is very self confident and unsympathetic towards the game he’s hunting. Rainsford says, “ you’re a big-game hunter, not a philosopher, who cares how a jaguar feels,” (Connell 1). At the beginning of the story Rainsford shows no sympathy for anyone, especially the game he was going to hunt. This is ironic because of the actions that take place later in the story where he is the one that is being hunted.