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The Most Dangerous Game
Transcript of The Most Dangerous Game
The hunter can sometimes become the hunted
- In the story Rainsford was supposed to be the big and famous hunter as he was famous for his hunting books. However, Rainsford had become the hunted in the game General Zaroff had created to ease his interest in hunting.
- During Richard Connell's era, hunting is a big part in South America and Africa. The most desired species were jaguar, puma, ocelot, red deer, and buffalo.
(Joyce Moss and George Wilson)
Sadly, people did not look at the condition of the prey during the hunt.
- Through "The Most Dangerous Game", Connell try to tell people not to neglect the effect of hunting on the animal, because we human can become the hunted one also.
1 Ivan is compared to a giant.
"Turning to the giant in uniform"
This metaphor describes how big and strong Ivan is. It is also the reason why people had to accept General Zaroff's hunting game, because if they don't, brutal Ivan will be after them.
***Connection: General Zaroff and Ivan can be compared to George and Lennie from "Of Mice and Men" because the general is the smart one and Ivan is the muscle just like George and Lennie.
2 The general compares the Cape buffalo to a monster
"That Cape buffalo is the largest I ever saw. Oh, that fellow. Yes he was a monster."
The Cape buffalo is described to be very tough to kill and is very strong. However, General Zaroff took down the buffalo by himself, which again shows how great he was as a hunter. From this, we can see why General Zaroff is confident to have a hunting game on the island.
-With the use of metaphor throughout the story, it help the reader to paint a picture of the surrounding and the people.
Protagonist - Sanger Rainsford.
- A hunter and an intelligent man who is experienced and level headed.
A dynamic and round character because he is a nice fellow but at the same time he hunts animal frequently which shows a dark side of him.
- He evolves because before he is the hunter, but after he gets hunted by General Zaroff, he realizes how it feels to be hunted. This directly reflects the theme of how "hunting can change a person's view".
Men vs. Men
- The major external conflict of the story between Rainsford and General Zaroff on Ship-Trap Island.
- They hunt each other for three days and if one of them kills the other one, he then will be the winner of the hunting game.
-This makes Rainsford to realize the aspect of the hunted instead of the hunter. It also show General Zaroff that he will not always be the strongest hunter.
- At the end, Rainsford won and General Zaroff died.
The Most Dangerous Game
Wenhuang Zeng, Darwin Chen, Rebecca Howard
& Tony Chen
by Richard Connell
Sanger Rainsford, General Zaroff
On an island called the Ship-Trap Island for five days. It is the place where Rainsford will swim to after falling into the ocean, and the place where Rainsford and General Zaroff's hunting game, also known as the "most dangerous game", take place.
After a conversation with his companion, Whitney, Rainsford falls off the yacht and swims to the nearest island which was Ship-Trap Island. He then encounters Ivan when he is scavenging the jungle and almost got killed by Ivan until a mysterious and slender man came out of the chateau. This man is the master of Ivan, and people calls him General Zaroff.
Rainsford agrees to play the hunting game with General Zaroff. He is given a three hour head start with food, clothes and a knife from Ivan.
General Zaroff greets Rainsford and invites him into his chateau. General Zaroff tells Rainsford how he was a hunter too and had hunted many prey, but he thinks that animals are too easy for him. Therefore, he decides to hunt human and invites Rainsford to either play a hunting game with him or die to the brute of Ivan. The game is basically to stay alive from General Zaroff for three days and the award is freedom, although the general has never lost.
Rainsford try to stay hidden from General Zaroff, but gets found by General Zaroff easily. Because of General Zaroff's pursuit of having more fun from the hunting, he kept Rainsford alive even when he finds him. Rainsford set up a booby trap(Malayan man catcher) that only wounded General Zaroff and causes him to retreat.
General Zaroff and Ivan use hunting dogs to find Rainsford, but Rainsford manage to kill Ivan with another trap he set up. As the hunting dogs chase after him and corner Rainsford, he had no other choice but to jump off the cliff.
Born in New York in 1893, and attended Harvard University. (Overview: "The Most Dangerous Game")
- After serving in the army in World War I, Connell became a writer&novelist. (George B. Perkins)
- He was mainly famous for his series of short stories. His story "The Most Dangerous Game" won O. Henry Memorial Awards for fiction in 1923. (Richard Edward Connell)
General Zaroff finds Rainsford in his bedroom when he is preparing to sleep. They fight in the room, and state that whoever wins will sleep on the bed while the other one would get eaten by the hunting dog. At the end, Rainsford is sleeping on the bed, which means that General Zaroff had lost.
Antagonist - General Zaroff
- An intelligent and barbaric man that was an undefeatable hunter until he meets Rainsford.
- A static and flat character because throughout the story he remains evil and brutal.
- He evolves as well. Rainsford causes him to evolve. He was an arrogant man that thinks hunting is a game, yet Rainsford makes him realize that hunting can cause death and that includes him. This evolution of his also impact
the protagonist, who truly sees the danger of being hunted.
- A tall and brutal assistant of General Zaroff.
Static and flat: slightly described in the story.
- Rainsford's traveling companion who was anxious and skeptical when they saw Ship-Trap Island.
- Static and flat: slightly described in the beginning of the story.
Men vs. Nature
- The external conflict between Rainsford and the jungle on Ship-Trap Island.
Men vs. Self
- The major internal conflict of Rainsford when he was facing the undefeatable hunter, General Zaroff.
- From both experiences, Rainsford felt the fear of being the hunted of someone else.
-Since Rainsford won the hunting game, he was released from these situations.
Irony of situation
- In the story, Rainsford, a hunter himself, had become the hunted which was ironic, because he was used to being the big game hunter that hunts prey.
- The game was ironic as well because animals are the ones supposed to be hunted by the humans but in the game it is the human that are being hunted!
***A shift from
Hunter(human) vs. Hunted（animals)
Hunter(human) vs. Hunted(human)
Hunting can change a person's views.
- In the story General Zaroff had started out as a wealthy hunter just like Rainsford but it was later in his life that he got bored of hunting animals and started to hunt human.
- Likewise, after having the hunting game on the island, Rainsford experience the life of the prey.
- Even though both Rainsford and General Zaroff were phenomenal hunters. The path of being a hunter changed their morality deeply and forever.
Message from the author
When you hunt, consider about your preys because you might become one of them, and being a prey would not feel comfortable.
*** The woman and the smoking man does not exist in the short story
Richard Connell and
The Most Dangerous Game
- In the early 1900s, the theory of Darwinism was favored by the president Theodore Roosevelt and many other
. (Overview: "The Most Dangerous Game")
- Darwinism simply means 'natural selection, survival of the fittest, and the law of the jungle'. (Beckner Morton O.)
Many critics and scholars admired how the Darwinism idea was portrayed in the story "The Most Dangerous Game". (Richard Edward Connell)
- The story also mentions the concept about 'the nature of violence and human's proclivity toward it'.(Richard Edward Connell)
Predator Becomes Prey
by: Angus William Smith, UK
Creeping across the desert,
The predator stalks its prey,
He has been chasing his prey for hours waiting for the correct moment to attack,
In doing so he has left himself vulnerable; vulnerable to attack.
The mighty need not feel the instincts of prey,
However lurking behind the bushes,
Are some mammals even more ruthless than the infamous lion,
- Both literature demonstrate how hunter can also be the hunted.
- In short story, Rainsford, who was a hunter himself, became the prey of General Zaroff.
- In the poem, the predator that was preparing to attack its prey, turns out to be a prey of the human.
- Both literature show the cycle of the stronger ones taking advantage of the weaker ones.
- "Richard Edward Connell." Gale Online Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 May 2014.
- "Overview: “The Most Dangerous Game”." Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them. Joyce Moss and George Wilson. Vol. 3: Growth of Empires to the Great Depression (1890-1930s). Detroit: Gale, 1997. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 May 2014.
- Beckner, Morton O. "Darwinism." Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ed. Donald M. Borchert. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. 632-644. U.S. History in Context. Web. 16 May 2014.
- Website used for analyzing: GradeSaver, SparkNotes & Shmoop