The Most Dangerous Game Pride Theme Essay

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Pride is portrayed in many ways through literature. Like in “the most dangerous game” when rainsford shows his pride in hunting. Also in “The Scarlet Ibis” with the narrator's pride for his younger brother or Fortunato's pride in his consumers of wine in “The Cask of Amontillado.” Pride is a recurring theme in the selections of this unit of short fiction. There are several examples of pride as a recurring theme in “The Most Dangerous Game.” Like Rainsford’s pride in hunting. Rainsford is a very well known hunter who is very confident in his hunting abilities, which he expresses when saying this while talking to Whitny on the boat, “The world is made up of two classes- the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are the hunters.” (5)When …show more content…

At the beginning of the story, the narrator did not like his brother because he was different from their kids, he was smaller and not able to do as much as other kids. Later in the story, when Doodle was around six he taught him how to walk even though nobody thought he would ever be able to do so. The narrator says, “But all of us must have something to be proud of, and Doodle has become mine.” The narrator felt pride because he was able to teach Doodle to walk and even started crying at one point because he didn’t want to admit to himself or his family that he didn’t do this for Doodle, he did it for his own pride because he was embarrassed of Doodle. On doodles birthday he shows his family that he can walk. Everyone was shocked and Doodle explains to his family that it was his brother who taught him to walk. Everyone wanted to hug the narrator, and he began to cry. The narrator states,” They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices; and that Doodle walked only because I am ashamed of having a cripled brother.” The narrator couldn’t tell his family why he was crying because he knew he only did this for his own pride, this is an example of selfish pride. After teaching his brother how to walk, the narrator’s pride made him believe that he could teach Doodle to do anything …show more content…

The narrator explains that Fortunato prides himself on his connoisseurship in wine. Later in the story the narrator asks Fortunato to come over to his house to taste the Amontillado that he has recently purchased. The narrator states, “ He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine. In painting and gemmary, Fortunato, like his countrymen, was a quack- but in the matter of old wines he was sincere.”(2) When the narrator says science Fortunato has a cough he will ask someone else to do it Fortunto insisted that the other guy was no good and he is the only one that would be able to accurately try the wine. Even though Fortunato is ill he insists on going with the narrator in his travels to the vaults. The narrator says to Fortunato, “ Come. We will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, admired, beloved, you are happy as once I was. You are a man to be missed. We will go back.” But Fortunato says, “Enough. The cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough.”(4) Montresor pretended to care about Fortunato’s health, insisting they go back. The narrator states, “ I placed my

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