Short Summary: The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

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Some people will go to great lengths to get home safely. They will sacrifice muchPeople will do everything so that they can to survive, but how much are they willing to sacrifice to live?. When people are put into extreme situations, they are forced to do everything necessary to survive. In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, Rainsford is stranded in the middle of the Caribbean on Ship-Trap Island. On the island, Rainsford is forced to play General Zaroff’s game. 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
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Firstly, when Rainsford is given the chance to play General Zaroff’s game, he declines but changes his mind when General Zaroff states, “You will find my idea of sport more diverting than Ivan's” (Connell). This is the first sign Rainsford shows that he wants to survive. Rainsford knows that he doesn’t have a chance of survival if he declines General Zaroff’s game and plays Ivan’s instead. However, if Rainsford plays Zaroff’s game, he knows that he has a chance to survive even though the chance is very slim. Furthermore, after Rainsford had found a huge dead tree leaning against a smaller living one, he got to work with his knife and hid behind a log after he completed his task. Connell then reveals, “His foot touched the protruding bough that was the trigger…. the general sensed his danger and leaped back with a agility of an ape. But he was not quite quick enough….“‘Rainsford,’ called the general….‘Not many men know how to make a Malay mancatcher’” (Connell). The malay mancatcher is a trap made from a dead tree leaning against a living one. Rainsford had tried to construct a trap that would kill Zaroff. Rainsford knows that he is unable to kill Zaroff with his knife because the General has a pistol which outranges it. Finally, after Rainsford created a Burmese tiger pit, Connell reveals, “He felt an impulse to cry aloud with joy, for he heard the sharp crackle of the
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