The Hunter And The Hatchet Analysis

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“The Hunter and the Huntee” There have been many fantastic survival stories, throughout English literature. There was Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, a story of a young, innocent boy stranded in the wilderness after a brutal plane crash and there also was My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, a novel about a young teen who leaves his overcrowded home to live in the dangerous mountain. However, neither of these survival stories are anything like “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. This story’s conflict is what keeps the reader hooked on the end of every sentence of this short story. The conflict’s effect on the story also goes hand in hand with the story’s theme. The main conflict of the story is the battle between Rainsford and Zaroff and this conflict underscores the theme by creating an ominous atmosphere, having exciting action, and by maintaining philosophical dilemmas that support the theme of the ethical dillema that is the Hunter and the Hunted. The clash between Rainsford and his many foes creates an ominous atmosphere for the reader that persists throughout the story. Between Zaroff’s demented game and Rainsford’s own terror the reader becomes hooked and is always wondering what will happen next. This creates an ominous atmosphere where the reader has no idea what to expect. This sense of unawareness gives the reader a…show more content…
The conflict makes people feel like Rainsford, by creating a menacing mood in the story which makes the reader unsure of what is to come. The story’s brief yet intense action also makes for riveting scenes that ensure the reader is glued to the pages, and causes them to ponder the dangerousness of hunting. Lastly, the story has unanticipated concepts that makes the reader contemplate the morality of hunting. These many varying factors come together to create a theme that promises to linger in the mind of its readers for the rest of their
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