The Most Dangerous Game Rainsford Character Traits

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There are many traits that heroes can demonstrate in stories. The two stories The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell both have heros in them. Connell’s story portrays a hero named Rainsford, who crosses a mysterious island where humans are hunted for fun, and he himself has to run for his life. Twain’s book follows a young boy named Huck, who has run away from his father, and his older friend Jim, who is a runaway slave. Jim is more of a hero because he is more self-sacrificing, unafraid of negative consequences, and more determined. Meanwhile Rainsford demonstrates these traits, but not as strongly. Many heros are self-sacrificing, Jim demonstrates this trait many times throughout…show more content…
When Rainsford was getting ready to fight General Zaroff, the antagonist in the story, “Rainsford still did not smile. ‘I am still a beast at bay.’ he said, in a low, hoarse voice. ‘Get ready General Zaroff’ (Connell 112). Rainsford shows how he is willing to sacrifice himself to kill the “bad guy”. Although in this story it can be be debated if this was a selfless move. Rainsford was only willing to kill General Zaroff to save himself. If he wanted to do it for the others being hunted, he would have attempted it in the house, when he first met Zaroff. Rainsford does show the self-sacrificing trait, but it’s more just for himself rather than for others around him. To add, Rainsford also does not show that he is unafraid of negative consequences. After he learned what General Zaroff was hunting and retired for the night, “He was tired in every fiber of his being, but nevertheless Rainsford could not quiet his brain with the opiate of sleep. He lay, eyes wide open” (104). This action shows how he was very afraid of the events that lay ahead of him. The way Rainsford reacted showed he was very afraid of being hunted. Throughout the story Rainsford demonstrates being determined quite a bit. One of these instances included when General Zaroff was coming and he had to dig a very large hole, “Rainsford had dug himself in in France when a second’s delay meant death. That had been a placid pastime compared to his digging now” (109). Rainsford was very determined not to die, therefore he dug with all he
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