In Richard Connell's short story"The Most Dangerous Game," the protagonist Sanger Rainsford is selfish, unsympathetic, and cruel. In the beginning, Rainsford talks to Whitney about the prey’s, in this case, the animal's perspective while being hunted, like how they feel. Rainsford and Whitney butt heads. Rainsford’s philosophy is much like Zaroff's. Rainsford disagrees with Whitney, who believes that animals can comprehend the fear of pain and death. Rainford exposes his selfishness and lack of empathy by saying, “‘Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes-the hunters and the huntees. Luckily you and I are hunters’”(2). His actions throughout the story show his cruelty too. Rainsfords profession is killing animals, and while he does …show more content…
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. Although, now it seems that Rainsford has adopted General Zaroff's cold attitude toward killing humans, so if Rainsford has changed, it was not to a better person but to a worse. From first no sympathy for animals to no sympathy for men. One way it seems that way is he kills Ivan with no pang of guilt. Some might say that's not murder that's just self-defense. But if that's the case then why does Rainsford after claiming victory and safety from death go to Zaroff's room at night and kills him. “‘You have won the game.’ Rainsford did not smile. ‘I am still a beast at bay…’Get ready General Zaroff’” (20) He doesn’t kill Zaroff for any reason other than revenge. By beast at bay Rainsford is saying he doesn’t have anywhere to go, so he wants to fight Zaroff, until someone dies which is ironic because Rainsford states that he is against killing another human being when he first meets Zaroff at the beginning of the story. However, he is now ready to fight to the death, which shows that his opinion has changed. That just makes him no better than Zaroff “the murderer”. It seems as if Zaroff has passed on his role to Rainsford and he is now the new Zaroff. How else can he sleep so well if he feels remorse over killing a fellow human? Zaroff told him he could leave the island if he won but he stays. Rainsford changes for the worse from a hunter to a murder following in Zaroff's
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In Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" is about well-known American hunter, Sanger Rainsford, in route to South America, but his journey is hindered when he is startled by gunshots heard in the distance night and falls off his yacht and swims to the nearest island, Ship-Trap Island. He awoke the next afternoon to remember the gunshots and suggested there must be people living on this island. As he follows, the direction of the shots he heard from the night before Rainsford stumbles upon a large building in which he introduces the owner, a Cossack General, of his situation. The General informs Rainsford he has read his hunting books and graciously accommodates Rainsford. The two chat during dinner about hunting and Rainsford
In conclusion, Richard Connell uses light, civility, and religious symbolism to demonstrate General Zaroff’s facade. Throughout the story, Zaroff uses light to symbolize darkness because he uses the light to lure people to his chateau. Connell uses civility to show the General’s facade because his visitors receive a nice place to stay, a meal, and shows politeness. Zaroff uses his politeness to trap the people, so he can use them for his prey. Religious symbolism is used in Connell's story to show that Zaroff decides that everyone is hunted while playing the game, which shows that he could be referred to as God because God chooses life or death; although, he can be referred to as the Devil, he kills people for entertainment.
It is a fundamental and enduring part of who we are, even in our darkest moments. Rainsford is an example of this idea as he grapples with the ethical implications of hunting other humans. As a professional big-game hunter, Rainsford’s sense of morality is initially rigid and well-defined. However, through the course of his harrowing experience on Zaroff's island, Rainsford undergoes a transformation. Moody’s quotation about character in the dark is a powerful tool for analyzing Rainsford's character in The Most Dangerous Game.
In the beginning, he supported the notion that hunting is acceptable. However, after being put in the position of the hunted Rainsford learns what it’s like to have to run for his life, bringing up the idea of whether or not it is acceptable to kill. After trying to simply hide from his pursuer, it becomes unclear whether or not Rainsford will fight back. He could either give up or kill Zaroff to save his life. The building tensions to his decision creates suspense which directly affects the theme.
For Rainsford, killing Zaroff could have been just to win “The Most Dangerous Game” or for survival because General Zaroff would have definitely killed Rainsford if he saw him again. Was Rainsford’s murder justified?
In the story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, Sanger Rainsford is a big-game hunter who has proven himself to be more civilized than General Zaroff. Once Rainsford finds himself on Ship-Trap Island, he quickly realizes that he will be the one being hunted rather than being the hunter. Rainsford is more civilized because he refuses to kill people for sport, he treats other humans like people and not animal, and he demanded to leave because he didn’t want to be part of the hunt. First of all, Rainsford is more civilized because he refuses to kill people for sport. In comparison, General Zaroff kills people all the time for sport which makes him a murderer, and even tries to convince Rainsford to hunt with him.
In the beginning of the story the two characters are as equals both hunters. When General Zaroff reveals what the most dangerous game is. Rainsford is aghast at the absurdity of the statement General Zaroff had just posed, this is where the conflict started between the characters between the two characters. The Next day Rainsford’s role in the story changes he goes from hunter to hunted.
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
Rainsford has no way to live unless he kills General Zaroff because Zaroff would most likely continue to force Rainsford to
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).
This shows the reader that Rainsford knows what’s right from wrong, and how humans should be treated, rather than how Zaroff treats the men that cross his path. Rainsford’s opinion on hunting is evident in the beginning of the story when Whitney and Rainsford are talking and they say “‘ Great sport, hunting.’ ‘The best sport in the world.’ Agreed Rainsford. ”(p.1, Richard Connell) Rainsford loves hunting, and sees nothing wrong with it.
Rainsford was justified in killing General Zaroff. During the time Rainsford is in Zaroff’s house they have a conversation about hunting. Zaroff tells Rainsford about him hunting humans. Rainsford says, “I can’t believe you are serious, General Zaroff. This is a grisly joke...........
We can infer that while on the yacht, feeding a human being to animals would never have occurred to him, and if it had, that he would have treated it like “grisly...cold-blooded murder.” Revenge also did not seem to be an important aspect to him before becoming the subject of Zaroff's dangerous game, but when he returns and encounters Zaroff in his bedroom, he soon resumes the hunt, this time with Zaroff as the prey. Rainsford compromises his own morals by continuing the game, and he even seems to enjoy killing his new human prey, resting comfortably in Zaroff's “very excellent” bed after killing the general and feeding him to the hounds. Thus, the reader realizes that perhaps Rainsford may have decided that hunting humans is not so “barbaric” after
Zaroff on the other hand cares for no one except for his overwhelming need to hunt. Rainsford is a skilled hunter having past experiences with where he has been and what he can do to survive the three terrifying nights. Zaroff otherwise has experience in hunting, but his knowledge stays in the lay of the land, he has lived there for a while by what he has said with context clues. Rainsford is sickened and hates Zaroff, because he believes Zaroff is insane for wanting to hunt humans, saying that it is ‘murder’. Zaroff respects Rainsford throughout the whole book saying how impressed Rainsford for how well he is able to survive in unknown
At the beginning of the two men's acquaintance, the General seemed like a normal man living on an island. After talking for a couple of minutes General Zaroff explained that he has hunted everything known to man, so now he has moved on to hunting men. This startled Rainsford, and he started to show signs of wanting to leave but the General gave him two options; hunt or be hunted. Rainsford chose to be hunted and lasted the time limit of three days of hunted by the General, and killed the General when he had his chance. At the beginning of the story, the flaw of Rainsford is he falling overboard and ending up swimming for his life.