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"The Most Dangerous Game"

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Kristen Dipert

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Transcript of "The Most Dangerous Game"

"The Most Dangerous Game"
by Richard Connell

Google Classroom Discussion
Literary Criticism
"There is a deeper political and social meaning...the two main characters--Sanger Rainsford, a young American traveler, and General Zaroff, an old Russian aristocrat--represent competing views of the world that were at strong odds in the [1920s]" (Thompson).

Rainsford = American, Modern, Democratic

Zaroff = Aristocratic, Rigid Class System
Reminds me of...
The Testing
The Testing raises the following themes and questions:

Moral code
Tradition vs. Progress
Suspense Moves the Plot
In "The Most Dangerous Game", Sanger Rainsford, a famous hunter, falls from a yacht into the Caribbean. He swims ashore and discovers the mansion of General Zaroff. A hunter who preys on shipwrecked sailors, Zaroff proposes a game: if Zaroff cannot find and kill Rainsford in three days, he will transport him to the mainland. Unable to outwit Zaroff, Rainsford jumps into the sea and swims around the island to the mansion. The two duel, and Rainsford kills Zaroff.
Suspense Moves the Plot
Connell uses the setting to create suspense. The game occurs on an island, from which there is no escape. The thick, dangerous jungle and the nighttime hunting also add to the suspense. Connell also uses word choice to leave his readers asking questions. For example, on page 25 when Rainsford finally makes his way to the island, he finds "one patch of weeds stained crimson" (Connell). This suggests physical violence and makes the reader wonder what was injured and what dangerous being inhabits the island.
One example is when the General was talking to Rainsford about how he started to hunt humans instead of actual wild animals and the General states "I want to show you my new collection of heads" (Conell 32). It doesn't reveal if the heads are from humans or from all of the animals that he has hunted and it doesn't reveal what they were so you are stuck wondering about what the heads actually were. (If they were actually human or an animals head). --Olivia
Google Classroom Discussion

Richard Connell uses short sentences to show the panic and stress of Rainsford when he's trying to act quickly and make the right choices. For example, "He could stay where he was and wait. That was suicide. He could flee. That was postponing the inevitable" (Connell 38). --Gabbie
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