Although emotions are created by the human psychological mind, fear is unarguably more than a mental state of mind; it becomes physical. Richard Conell’s, “The Most Dangerous Game”, is infused with the recurring themes of violence and fear. The protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, is being hunted by General Zaroff, the short story’s antagonist. From the beginning of the story, until the last sentence, Rainsford undergoes a series of life-changing events. Albeit, he goes through character development, there are various fixed character traits of Rainsford that remain prevailing. Richard Conell develops the character of Sanger Rainsford in “The Most Dangerous Game” by showing the reader his astuteness, courageousness, and physical strength. …show more content…
Rainsford’s characterization as courageous is being demonstrated as he accepts the proposition the antagonist has led out for him. Sanger quickly regains his composure, as he complies to his request; “And if I win –’ began Rainsford huskily. (9)” There is no detection of fear or unease to the hunter’s voice. The excerpt shows that as it does seem as though he is backing down from a challenge. It seems as Rainsford realized that this is a game of hunt. However, only that the chess pieces have changed. In addition, as Rainsford is fleeing from the general, he comes to face an ultimatum: either to be killed by his pursuer, or placing the fate in his own hands. As shown, he intrepidly chooses the latter. “It was the shore of the sea…twenty feet below him [Rainsford] the sea rumbled and hissed. Rainsford hesitated. He heard the hounds. Then he leaped far out into the sea. (12)” Rainsford willingly leaps out into the sea, perhaps to his inevitable death. He is willing to risk his life than to be caught in the hands of Zaroff and his hounds. From these two particular acts, we learn that Rainsford is a courageous man, of one's own accord, commits actions that could lead to possible …show more content…
In particular, when the New York native becomes a castaway. Once Rainsford’s fortune had been set overseas, his physical strength and capabilities are shown. From the story, it states as “with his remaining strength he dragged himself from the swirling waters. Jagged crags appeared to just up… he forced himself upward hand over hand. (3)” With having to swim several miles in cold waters, as well as in the dark, and climbing upon the rocks leading up to the shore shows that Sanger is physically able. Being a hunter in itself should leave an individual physically fit to endure extreme situations, especially swimming until dawn. In addition, later on in the story, Rainsford yet again shows that he is physically capable to complete more than the average man. “A big tree with a thick trunk and outspread branches was near by, and taking care to leave not the slightest mark, he climbed up into the crotch… (10)” Climbing on to what is believed to be a tall tree, as it is in the jungle, demonstrates that the protagonist is able to hoist himself up there. Without having this trait, Rainsford would have not been able to win this “game”, or all alone make it onto the island. Thus, while Rainsford is “a beast at bay”, it is significant to recognize Richard Conell’s creation and use of the protagonist’s characterization. The protagonist is the embodiment of the result of corruption, and how
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Throughout the story, Rainsford demonstrates a complex and evolving character
Here Connell implies that Rainsford has no empathy for the being that is being hunted. This is not only ironic because soon he is the one being hunted, but it shows Rainford has character flaws despite being the protagonist. Regardless of his flaws, overall Rainsford has a strong moral compass. When General Zaroff reveals his hobby of hunting and murdering people, Rainsford immediately rejects the invitation to join in the hunt. “‘Thank you, I'm a hunter, not a murderer.’”
When an unfortunate accident throws Rainsford overboard, he stays calm (Connell 28). In this sudden event, he needs to stay calm, and he does that very well. From this point, he immediately looks around and surveys to find a place to go that isn’t stranded in the ocean. “General, I wish to leave this island at once” (Connell 36). Hearing all about the island and General Zaroff makes Rainsford decide he needs to leave.
Fear is not real. It is the product of thoughts you create. Danger is very real, but fear is a choice. In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” the main character Rainsford is being hunted which creates fear in him. He is scared of dying but overcame his fear by facing the danger of the hunting game.
Most people when they hear “The Most Dangerous Game” they think of bull riding or other dangerous games that don’t involve death. “The Most Dangerous Game” is a suspenseful cliff hanging story that follows the days of a castaway on the island of a crazed hunter. Rainsford is a big game hunter who falls off a boat near the island of General Zaroff, a big Cossack general who is looking for an alternative to hunting dangerous animals but with a twist. Throughout “The Dangerous Game” Rainsford and General Zaroff both show examples of IRony and exert arrogance.
“Rainsford hesitated. He heard the hounds. Then he leaped far out into the sea…” (235). Again, Rainsford had to reason with himself. When he heard the pounding paws of the pack and the heavy breathing of the general, he knew that he would have to jump.
He had to struggle and swim in order to stay alive. Once he fell off, he knew he was in danger. On page 174, it says “The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea closed over his head.” This is the exact moment when Rainsford’s body hit the water, and he was off the ship. Rainsford desperately tried to tell the yacht to come back,
After having no other option than to play the game, Rainsford starts playing it by the rules to prove how honorable of a man he is. The latter comes very close to killing Zaroff using one of his cunning three traps. After escaping the third trap, Zaroff and his pack of hounds continue their chase. Rainsford then smartly gets away from the hunter by leaping into the sea and making his was back to
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
There are several conflicts in “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell; while person versus person is the most obvious, person versus self and person versus nature are also present. For example, the “jagged crags” upon which Rainsford lands scratch his hands until they are raw, and when Rainsford is trying to survive the hunt, nature once again acts as an obstacle. The muck is like “ a giant leech” and the insects “[bite] him savagely” through the dense vegetation. On the other hand, Rainsford faces an internal dilemma when he is talking to Zaroff about hunting humans for sport: while Rainsford is shocked by the proposition, he feels no revulsion, no disgust. Therefore, because Rainsford does not seem to have an internal aversion to Zaroff’s proposal, that causes a quandary - his lack of moral dilemma in this situation is a dilemma in itself.
External conflict is something that some characters from the second unit struggle with. Rainsford, Mathilde, and Georg and Ulrich all experience external conflicts that create an unexpected turn of events. The title “The Most Dangerous Game” is significant to the text because it helps readers to understand that the game will not be easy. It also reflects the truth in this text because Rainsford underestimated his opponent, and this could cause the game to be dangerous.
In “The most dangerous game” written by, Richard Connell, he uses many devices such as: characterization, plot structure and theme to contribute to the overall meaning of the story. Characterization is a big part of the overall meaning of the story which is that survival is of those who are smart, cunning, and can adapt to their environment. The protagonist Rainsford is at a constant battle with the antagonist General Zaroff. Throughout the entire short story they both have similar minds sets and then farther along the main character 's mind set develops into something more. The reader can almost sense a self centeredness, and that he believes that there are only two type of people in this world, “the hunters and the huntees”, and he believes that he is the hunter.
To convey the theme of competition can enhance a person’s character, Richard Connell has Rainsford succeed at the Most Dangerous Game. Rainsford shows through the big hunt growth because he knows strategies and ways to win the big hunt. The frightening event is when he has to build his traps to stay away from the General. The exciting is when he meets him back at the house and kills the General and win the Most Dangerous