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The Most Dangerous Game - Richard Connell

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Thematic questions Can a person with a ideal mind bring violence? "The Most Dangerous Game",
by Richard Connell

Presented by Rayner, Jonathan,
Victor, and Albert

Period 2 Author's Biography Author's Biography Thematic Question Characters Conflicts Symbols Homework Facts About The Most Dangerous Game Citation Plot Do you think that an ideal mind can bring violence? Think write down your thoughts Rainsford-A hunter for wildlife Protagonist Antagonist General Zaroff- A hunter that hunts for fun and pleasure Relationship of the characters Relationship begins between Rainsford and General Zaroff when, Rainsford falls off the boat and landed on the island.
General Zaroff admires Rainsford's accomplishments
Rainsford hunts animals and General Zaroff persues his activity of hunting human beings Rainsford and General Zaroff have a different view of hunting.The General got bored of hunting animals, that he begins to hunt humans for his pleasure #1 #2 Terrain of the island Hunting The terrain of the island is very harsh when
the General was hunting for Rainsford. EXPOSITION

Setting:
On an island for five days which is like a jungle.The era is around our time.

Main chracters: Rainsford,General Zaroff

Subordinate Chracters: Ivan,Whitney Night time
In addition, Connell writes, "...trying to peer through the dank tropical night that was palpable as it presed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht." Very quickly the reader finds out it is nighttime when the first characters are introduced. The fact that the story starts out during the night and not the day is important, because night is associated with dark. Dark is associated with not being able to see clearly, therefore, the night makes the ominous and suspenseful atmosphere. The crew not knowing where they were exactly heightens the mysterious tone. It also adds to the serious tone of the story. The crew on the boat are not celebrating, or joking around; they are serious and worried. The characters' strong emotions add to the story, making it more fearful for the reader, bringing out more fear in them. The island
Ship-Trap Island symbolizes a similarly uncharted region where the laws governing normal human discourse don’t exist. Here, General Zaroff’s plays out his homicidal whims unchecked, unimpeded, and a world apart from Rainsford’s comfortable life of privilege and ease. In many ways, the island is an antiutopian society under the rule of a tyrant seeking to exterminate other people instead of sustaining them. The autocratic Zaroff, without any compassion or regard for human life, exerts absolute control over everything. Isolated, the island is a realm of wild, uncontrollable, and unspeakable desires recklessly pursued without any sense of morality. Subject to legend and superstition, the island is an unconscious embodiment of fear, abstract and impalpable, just like the chill and shudder that Whitney feels as the yacht first sails by. The color red
The color red permeates the story to highlight the blood, violence, and death on Ship-Trap Island. In the beginning of the story, for example, Rainsford falls off his yacht into the “blood-warm waters” of the sea, symbolically marking him as a target of future violence. Upon reaching the shore, he discovers a crushed patch of weeds “stained crimson.” As Rainsford moves deeper into the interior of the island, the color red becomes more directly linked with the bloodlust of General Zaroff, from the crimson sash his body guard, Ivan, wears to the steaming bowls of red borscht he serves Rainsford. Connell refers to the general’s “red-lipped” smile twice, at one point extending the description to include a flash of Zaroff’s pointed, fanglike teeth. Connell focuses less on the color red as soon as the hunt begins to emphasize Rainsford’s level-headedness and foreshadow his ultimate triumph over Zaroff. Richard Connell was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on October 17, 1893
When he was 10, he started reporting baseball games for his father’s newspaper, “Poughkeepsie News-Press” for ten cents per story.
When he was 16, he was the editor of the newspaper.
He went to Georgetown University and was for a time, the secretary for his father, but after his father died, he decided to continue his education in Harvard. After his graduation, he moved to New York and accepted a job as a newspaper reporter at the “New York American”.
During WWI, he joined the army and served as the editor of the camp newspaper
When he came back from the war, He married his wife, Louise Herrick Fox in 1919.
Ever since the publication of his first short story, he abandoned his editor career and started as a freelance writer.
He wrote over 300 short stories and wrote several novels
He died in his house in Beverly Hills due to a heart attack on November 22, 1949 at the age of 56. Read The Most dangerous game again

Think about the relationship between the General and Rainsford and the voilence in the story.

Answer a page of questions http://www.filmfracture.com http://thenostalgialeague.com http://www.gradesaver.com http://www.sparknotes.com After his graduation, he moved to New York and accepted a job as a newspaper reporter at the “New York American”.
During WWI, he joined the army and served as the editor of the camp newspaper.
When he came back from the war, He married his wife, Louise Herrick Fox in 1919.
Ever since the publication of his first short story, he abandoned his editor career and started as a freelance writer.
He wrote over 300 short stories and wrote several novels
He died in his house in Beverly Hills due to a heart attack on November 22, 1949 at the age of 56. Read The Most Dangerous Game again

While reading think about the relationship between the General and Rainsford.

Answer a page of questions http://www.cadtutor.net

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http://www.sparknotes.com Think and write down your thoughts Thematic Question INCITING INCIDENT Rainsford fell off the boat and it
continued unaware of his absence. RISING ACTIONS: Rainsford reached an island and heard gunshots.He later founded a large building

He met the owner of the building,General Zaroff,The Gerneral told him that he was a hunter, but not only animals.He also hunts humans.

In order to escape, Rainsford played the game with the Gerneral.The game is that Rainsford gets three days to stay alive while the General tries to find him and kill him.

On the first day The general found him, but let him alive to prolong his sick game

Second day Rainsford was stuck in quick sand, but luckliy gotten out of it.He also set up a trap which killed one of the dogs

On third day he killed Ivan with another trap.While hes running from the gerneral he jumped off a cliff into the ocean. CLIMAX:

Rainsford showed himself to the General in his bedroom


FALLING ACTIONS:

He talked with the general and killed him.

Slept in the General's bed

Rainsford fed the General to the dogs

RESOLUTION:

He won the game against the General

DENOUEMENT:

Ended the myth of Ship Trap Island What do the following phrase mean to you:
"I am still a beast at bay."

Is it right to do violent acts in order to survive?
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