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The Most Dangerous Game Plot Graph
Transcript of The Most Dangerous Game Plot Graph
By: Jamal Gillespie and Devin Totherow
Short Story: The Most Dangerous Game
By: Richard Connell
"Off there to the right-somewhere-is a large island." (p.1)
"The old charts call it Ship-Trap Island." (p.1)
The beginning of the story tells us the setting of the story which is Ship-Trap Island. It also introduces us to our protagonist, Rainsford.
"He realized he had reached too far and had lost his balance." (p.4)
"The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea closed over his head. " (p.4)
The inciting incident in the story occurs when Rainsford falls off the ship and has to swim over to Ship-Trap Island.
"I am General Zaroff." (p.6)
"I have but one passion in my life, Mr. Rainsford, and it is the hunt." (p.8)
"Hunting was beginning to bore me!" (p.9)
"My dear fellow there is one that can." (p.10)
Rainsford finds a mansion on the island that belongs to General Zaroff. Zaroff recognizes Rainsford from his many hunting books. Zaroff invites Rainsford inside where Zaroff reveals that he is also a hunter, but recently the hunt has been boring him. He wanted to hunt animals that could challenge him. Those animals are humans.
"Tonight we will hunt-you and I." (p.14)
"And if I win-" (p.15)
"He had not been entirely clear-headed when the chateau gates snapped shut behind him." (p.15)
Rainsford is disgusted by Zaroff's so called "hunting." Rainsford goes to sleep, but the next day Zaroff wants Rainsford to be his quarry. Rainsford will have three days. If he can evade Zaroff for that long, he will be free to leave. Rainsford agrees, and he is sent out in the island with a few supplies to begin the game.
"I'll give him a trail to follow." (p.16)
"He began to dig." (p.18)
"He thought of a native trick that he had learned in Uganda." (p.20)
"The knife, driven by the recoil of the springing tree, had not wholly failed." (p.21)
Rainsford manages to keep Zaroff from catching him for three days by using traps and tricks that he had learned while hunting.
"It was the shore of the sea." (p.21)
"Twenty feet below him the sea rumbled and hissed." (p.21)
"Rainsford hesitated. Then he leaped far out into the sea." (p.21)
It's the third day and Zaroff is right on Rainsford's trail. Zaroff chases Rainsford with hounds to a cliff high above the sea. Rainsford decides to jump off of the cliff to escape.
"You'll find this game worth playing." (p.14)
"Swam. I found it quicker than walking through the jungle." (p.21)
The whole game that Zaroff wants to play is a complication. It is distracting Rainsford from his goal of getting off the island.
When Rainsford swims back to the mansion to kill Zaroff this is also a complication because he could have just escaped the island after he jumped into the water.
Rainsford has the choice to escape the island by swimming away or going back to the island to kill Zaroff.
"A man, who had been hiding in the curtain of the bed, was standing there." (p.21)
Rainsford makes his decision which is to swim back to the island to kill Zaroff.
"I congratulate you. You have won the game." (p.21)
"I am still a beast at bay. Get ready, Zaroff." (p.21)
"On guard, Rainsford..." (p.21)
Rainsford and Zaroff begin to physically fight. This fight will end with one of them dead.
"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided." (p.21)
Rainsford kills Zaroff and wins the battle. The story is over.
Antagonist: General Zaroff
Man vs. Man- Rainsford has to fight General Zaroff
Man vs. Nature- Rainsford has to survive on the island.
Point of View
1. In order to understand others, you have to walk in their shoes.
2. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
"I hope the jaguar guns have come from Purdey's. We should have some good hunting up the Amazon. Great sport, hunting." (p.2)
Whitney is the first one to bring up hunting. This is foreshadowing the hunt that Zaroff and Rainsford go on.
It is ironic that Rainsford is a hunter when he becomes the hunted.
All quotes from:
Feldman, Kevin and Kate Kinsella. Prentice Hall Literature. Ed.1. Massachusetts: Pearson
Education, 2007. Print.
Marvin, John. “Shakespeare Cliff, Dove.” 21 Apr 2007. 24 Jan 2014. Web.
Rainsford is a famous hunter on a ship to the Amazon for his next hunt. The ship approaches a mysterious island known only as Ship-Trap Island. Rainsford stays out on the stern of the ship to relax and smoke when he hears a gun firing. He runs to the rail of the ship to investigate and ends up dropping his pipe. In an attempt to get it back, he falls over the railing and into the water. He manages to make it to shore on the island.
The next morning while exploring the island, Rainsford stumbles upon a mansion. The owner of the mansion is General Zaroff, another hunter. Zaroff recognizes Rainsford from his many hunting books and invites him inside. Zaroff begins to tell Rainsford about why he is on the island. He says that his one passion in life, hunting, was beginning to bore him. He needed an animal that could challenge his abilities. The only animal that can do that is a human and Zaroff goes on to explain how he captures people from ships that go past the island and hunts them like animals. Rainsford retires for the night after that, but he doesn’t have a good night’s sleep.
The next day, Zaroff wants Rainsford to go hunting with him. He wants Rainsford to be the prey and he will hunt him down. Zaroff says that if Rainsford can evade him for three days, he is free to leave the island. Rainsford begrudgingly agrees. For the next three days, Rainsford runs throughout the island making traps and using tricks that he learned while hunting to keep Zaroff off his trail. On the third day, however, Zaroff chases Rainsford to a cliff high above the sea. Rainsford has no choice, but to jump into the waters. Zaroff returns home and goes upstairs to his room to sleep. Rainsford is hiding in there. Zaroff congratulates Rainsford on winning the game, but Rainsford says he is still a beast at bay. The two fight which ultimately ends in Rainsford killing Zaroff. Rainsford then sleeps in the general’s bed.