Theme Of Arrogance In The Most Dangerous Game

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“Arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence. Not a pretty cocktail of personality traits in the best of situations. No siree. Not a pretty cocktail in an office-mate and not a pretty cocktail in a head of state. In fact, in a leader, it’s a lethal cocktail.” Graydon Carter describes this mix with arrogance as a bad mix. He says that arrogance is not a good trait in any person, especially of someone with high authority or someone in a leadership position. Arrogance is having an exaggerated sense of one person's abilities or importance. This includes being egotistical, conceited, and self-centered. In the stories “The Possibility of Evil” and “The Most Dangerous Game”, Ms. Strangeworth and General Zaroff have this arrogance to them where they think…show more content…
At first, it just starts out by Rainford falling off the boat and making it to this island, which leads to him to meeting Zaroff and them engaging in friendly conversation. The first point where you see Zaroff’s arrogance to leak through is when Zaroff starts describing how no animal really has a chance against him anymore and that hunting has been getting boring to him. General Zaroff specifically says, “Hunting was beginning to bore me! And hunting, remember, had been my life.” He goes on to say, “Hunting had ceased to be what you call ‘a sporting proposition.’ It had become too easy. I always got my quarry, Always. There is no greater bore than perfection.” Here he flat out says that no animal has the wit to challenge him anymore and he eventually says that. Since no animal could outsmart Zaroff, he decided to create a new one, but Zaroff needed an animal that “must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason.” Rainford realized that there is only one animal that can have reason, and that happens to be humans. Rainsford seems somewhat surprised by the arrogance of General Zaroff and by him saying that he actually hunts humans. Zaroff is completely blinded by his inhumane actions and he thinks that it is perfectly fine. General Zaroff feels that he is such a good hunter that he can do…show more content…
In the story “The Possibility of Evil”, Ms. Strangeworth thinks that she’s such an important figure to the town and she makes sure everyone knows that too. In the story “The Most Dangerous Game”, General Zaroff thinks that it’s fine to hunt humans since he’s already outsmarted every animal on the planet. Ms. Strangeworth and General Zaroff have this exaggerated amount of self-confidence that end up hurting them by the end of their respective
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