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"The Most Dangerous Game"

LACII Short Story Presentation 2013

Rachel McPhie

on 4 April 2013

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"The Most Dangerous Game" By Richard Connell Richard Connell Narrator Type Setting Characters Plot Theme Literary Devices Imagery My Thoughts Bibliography Sanger Rainsford Whitney General Zaroff Ivan Richard Edward Connell was an American author and journalist probably best remembered for his short story "The Most Dangerous Game." He also wrote "A Friend of Napoleon," "Black Chrysanthemums," and "Brother Orchid." He was born October 17, 1893, married Louise Herrick Fox in 1919, and died on November 22, 1949. Richard Connell was one of the most popular American short story writers of his time, and his stories appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's Weekly. "The Hounds of Zaroff" "Richard Connell Biography." Richard Edward Connell <http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/richard_connell/biography.php>. "Richard Connell ." Short stories and screen stories. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_E._Connell,_Jr.>. The narrator is a third person narrator telling the reader about Rainsford and what he thinks. Third person is perfect for this story because, as an unaffected observer, the reader can review the story and decide which side is "good" and which is "bad." The setting first starts out in the evening on a yacht sailing through thick fog, then moves to an island called "Ship Trap Island" where the rest of the story takes place. The story could have taken place anytime after guns had been invented. Irony In the beginning of the story Rainsford and Whitney say, "Great sport, hunting." "The best sport in the world," agreed Rainsford. "For the hunter," amended Whitney. "Not for the jaguar." "Don't talk rot, Whitney," said Rainsford. "You're a big-game hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a jaguar feels?" "Perhaps the jaguar does," observed Whitney. "Bah! They've no understanding." "Even so, I rather think they understand one thing--fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death." "Nonsense," laughed Rainsford. "This hot weather is making you soft, Whitney. Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters." In the end of the story Rainsford ends up to be the "huntee." He feels the fear of pain and death. Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution In the beginning of the story, Rainsford is introduced as a hunter. He is on a yacht with his friend Whitney. They are trying to see an island through the thick fog. Rainsford falls off the yacht and begins swimming toward the sounds of gunshots. He reasons that where there is a gun, there must be civilization. He reaches the island and sees a manor, which at first he believes is a mirage. He then meets Ivan and General Zaroff and is invited to dinner. Rainsford learns that General Zaroff is a hunter like himself. Rainsford then learns that General Zaroff hunts humans. Rainsford discovers that if he wishes to leave the island alive he must outwit General Zaroff in a hunting game where he is the hunted and General Zaroff is the hunter. He avoids capture for two days. General Zaroff brings out his hunting pack and goes out after Rainsford. Rainsford jumps off a cliff into the ocean. General Zarroff arrives with his dogs. At this point, the reader believes the story is ending with Rainsford's disappearance. General Zaroff returns home and settles in for the night. As General Zaroff is preparing for bed, Rainsford comes out from hiding in the bed curtains. General Zaroff congratulates Rainsford for winning the game, but Rainsford challenges General Zarroff to the death. General Zaroff says, "One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed." Rainsford decides it is the best bed he has ever slept in... I believe that one of the themes of the story is the justice of the death penalty for wrong actions. General Zaroff would have continued to crash ships, and hunt and kill humans. Rainsford simply acts as the arm of justice to enact retribution for the evil actions of General Zaroff. Another theme that I see, is the theme of "The Most Dangerous Game." Introduction. <http://thenostalgialeague.com/olmag/connell-most-dangerous-game.html>. "Richard Connell ." <Google Search>. Rainsford is a hunter who is obviously famous. It seems highly likely that he also is rich because he travels around the world to hunt animals, and in the beginning of the story he is on a yacht. The fact that he has high morals is apparent when he immediately sees General Zaroff's idea of hunting humans as wrong. Also in the beginning of the story, he views hunting as just a sport and that the animals have no feelings, but in the end of the story he knows the fear that hunted animals must feel. General Zaroff is physically described as handsome with the "face of an aristocrat." Overall his features are described as dark, and I think his personality and character are dark as well. It does not appear as if he has any morals. It seems as if he likes to be in charge. He sees himself as being civilized in what he does. His sense of barbaric and civilized seem to be a bit twisted. Whitney is only present in the first part of the story although in the little bit of time we read about him we discover that he is obviously a thoughtful man. We also discover that he is Rainsford's hunting companion. Simile An example of a simile is shown in the following excerpt, "He stepped back from the quicksand a dozen feet or so and, like some huge prehistoric beaver, he began to dig." Rainsford is being compared by the word "like" to a "huge prehistoric beaver." Personification An example of personification from the book is shown in the excerpt that says, "the muck sucked viciously at his foot." Mud cannot really suck viciously, so the author is using personification to give the mud human like qualities. Physically Ivan is described as a very large man with a black beard down to his waist. Other than that description, not much is know about Ivan except that he is a deaf, dumb, and savage Cossack. He possesses the same darkness of soul that his master possesses. A excerpt from the book shows an example of the imagery, "the jungle weeds were crushed down and the moss was lacerated; one patch of weeds was stained crimson. A small, glittering object not far away caught Rainsford's eye." In another excerpt it says, "he heard the padding sound of feet on the soft earth, and the night breeze brought him the perfume of the general's cigarette." The use of many adjectives provides imagery in both the excerpts. The author is showing us what is happening in the story rather than just telling us. When I first read the book, I was horrified that the "knight" of the story, Rainsford, would kill General Zaroff. As I continued to study the book and search for themes, I decided that what Rainsford did was right; if Rainsford had not killed General Zaroff then he would have been in the wrong.
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