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The most dangerous game

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Candi Yu

on 16 August 2013

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Welcome to Join The Most Dangerous Game!
What is the Game?
Scene 1
Scene 2
The Way Out
1. Get lost in the mysterious island
2. Going along with the main character
Sanger Rainsford
3. Find a way out by identifying
the themes!

Whitney (animals fear)
Rainsford (animals don't have feelings)
Main character:
Sanger Rainsford
" The world is made up of two classes - the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and
I are hunters."
Swam to the Ship-Trap Island
Rainsford and General Zaroff
Rainsford falls into sea
"I am General Zaroff"
"A slender man in evening clothes"
"In a cultivated voice"
"The evening suit came from a London tailor
who ordinarily cut and sewed for none
blew the rank of duke"
Upper class
Social Class- based Expression of Leisure
1. Nobleman
2. Clergy
3. Peasant
In medieval Europe, three types of people:
Centered on fighting (hunting and tournaments)
(Labarge, 1965)
Scene 3
Dining Room
General Zaroff introduced his Most Dangerous Game to Rainsford
Hunting Humans!
"Life is for the strong... the weak of the world were put here to give the strong pleasure. I am strong. Why should I not use my gift?"
"We try to be civilized here"
---- Zaroff

Taboo Leisure
Hunting vs. Murdering
"Pastimes that are forbidden by law, custom, or belief."
(Russell, 2009)
American big-game hunter
(Published books about
Calm, love challenges
Has his own attitude towards hunting
“Hunting is beginning to bore me! It had become too easy. I always got my quarry.” --- Zaroff
Leisure Boredom
: results when people feel they cannot escape a meaningless leisure routine.
(Russell, 2009)
Why Hunting Humans?
(Why Taboo?)
Leisure boredom

Escaping from the reality
Recreate the warfare situation
on the island.
See hunting humans as leisure
Place Identity:
"A place as a source of identification and affiliation for a person."
(Russell, 2009)
Place = War
"When you walk with Sherlock Holmes, you see the battlefield. You've seen it already, haven't you?.... You're not haunted by the war, you miss it."
--- Mycroft Holmes
( TV play Sherlock Holmes, 2010)
The story of Norman Bowker in "The Things They Carried." (Tim O'Brien, 1990)
Scene 4
General Zaroff hunted for
Rainsford, but Rainsford jumped
into the sea
"He had never slept in a
better bed, Rainsford decided."
Thank You!
Written by Richard Connell, 1924
Presented by Candi Yu
Aug 14, 2013

One dark evening
On a yacht
The huntee became
the hunter!
A wonderful short story with vivid pictures
Open ending: will Rainsford become the next General Zaroff?
A female character is added in the movie version that is not necessary
Further research... do humans become more civilized?
Social Class
Taboo Leisure
Self- identification

Rainsford jumped out when
General Zaroff went back to
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