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The Most Dangerous Game Sanger Rainsford Character Analysis

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“Hunting? Good God, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder,” exclaimed Sanger Rainsford. Oftentimes, the line between right and wrong is blurred. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell is a story that discusses the line and how thin it can be drawn. Sanger Rainsford stands on one side of the line and General Zaroff on the other. Through his brave nature, Rainsford drives the book’s theme of sticking to one’s beliefs. In “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, Sanger Rainsford is shown as brave, intelligent, and passionate. Rainsford is shown to be courageous in the story when he jumps off the cliff. “A blue gap showed between the trees dead ahead. Ever nearer drew the hounds. Rainsford forced himself on toward that gap. He…show more content…
Typically, when you meet a person for the first time, you don’t point a gun at their chest. His assumption turned out to be correct because Ivan ends up torturing and killing people. “‘Tonight,’ said the general,’we will hunt-you and I.’ Rainsford shook his head. ‘No, General,’ he said. ‘I will not hunt.’ The general shrugged his shoulders and delicately ate a hothouse grape. ‘As you wish, my friend,’ he said. ‘The choice rests entirely with you. But may I not venture to suggest that you will find my idea of sport more diverting than Ivan’s?’ He nodded toward the corner to where the giant stood, scowling, his thick arms crossed on the hogshead of chest. ‘You don’t mean-’ cried Rainsford.” (Connell 73 and 74) This quote supports the theme because Rainsford trust’s his gut about Ivan and he turns out to be right. When Rainsford first met Zaroff and he told him that he hunted humans, Rainsford was totally against it. He was so confused. He didn’t know why someone would ever hunt humans. He stuck to that belief throughout the entire story and ended up surviving. “Rainsford’s bewilderment showed in his face. ‘I wanted the ideal animal to hunt,’ explained the general. ‘So I said: ‘what are the attributes of an ideal quarry?’ And the answer was, of course: ‘It must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason.’ ‘But no animal can reason,’ objected Rainsford. ‘My dear fellow,’ said the general, ‘there is one that can.’ ‘But you can’t mean-’ gasped Rainsford. ‘And why not?’ ‘I can’t believe you are serious, General Zaroff. This is a grisly joke.’ ‘Why should I not be serious? I am speaking of hunting.’ ‘Hunting? Good God, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder.’” (Connell, 69 and 70) This quote supports the theme because Rainsford keeps believing that it’s not okay to hunt humans and he ends up surviving. Another example of sticking with what you
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