The Corrupted Hunter In Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game

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In his short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” Richard Connell reveals the transformation of an arrogant hunter. Mr. Sanger Rainsford is a talented man who has a knack for hunting. While he and a friend are traveling for a hunting trip to Rio, Rainsford accidentally falls off the boat after hearing a gunshot in the distance. He survives and swims towards the infamous ‘Ship-Trap Island’, realizing out that there is more that meets the eye of the isolated island. After finding clues of inhabitants, Rainsford stumbles upon an enormous building and soon meets General Zaroff, eventually discovering the general’s habits and winning for his freedom off of the island. People lack the understanding of how one conflict affects everything, have a difficult time deciphering right from wrong, and have the ability to transform into their opposite. Through his use of irony, Connell reveals how a person can become what he or she looks down upon. Connell exhibits how people ignore problems that don’t affect them, like how Rainsford pushed aside the fact that he was killing living animals. As Rainsford and his friend, Whitney, are discussing about hunting, Rainsford…show more content…
When General Zaroff offers Rainsford a chance at a hunting expedition on the island, Rainsford turns down his offer, “Thank you, I’m a hunter, not a murderer.” Rainsford believes that there is a difference between hunting and murder, even though they both involve killing other beings. Once they see someone else doing the same job to a more extreme level, people may begin to doubt for their actions. As General Zaroff tried to convince his guest that they were playing the same game together, Rainsford argued that they were not, just because of the different tastes in prey. This leads to Rainsford’s change in seeing how hunting is dangerous in all
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