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"The Most Dangerous Game"

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Transcript of "The Most Dangerous Game"

Presented by Louise Galopin, Paul Soden, and Haley Feuerman
Rainsford: Hunting Trip
Abandoned Portuguese Fort, Zaroff's Home
Introduction Video
Authors Background
Happy Birthday Richard Connell! Born on October 17 in Poughkeepsie, NY
Had two sisters
Father was very politically involved
Very interested in writing as a child
Died on November 22nd in 1949.
Authors Background
Conflict
External conflict - man vs. man conflict
Overlying conflict between General Zaroff and Rainsford
Plot Elements
"The Most Dangerous Game"
"The Most Dangerous Game"
Written by Richard Connell
Richard Connell: Personal Life
Richard Connell
Richard Connell : Author
Connell was nominated for an academy award in 1942
Wrote, "The Most Dangerous Game” in 1924
Zaroff wants to hunt humans - wants a challenge
Rainsford strongly disagrees - believes hunting humans is unethical and unlawful
Textual Evidence
“I can’t believe you are serious, General Zaroff. This is a grisly joke.” (line 385-386).
This demonstrates the disapproval of Zarroff's idea on hunting humans by Rainsford. Additionally, this suggests that Rainsford believes that Zaroff is joking because the idea is so far-fetched and insane.

Plot
Exposition
Rising Action
Rainsford falls off yacht
Falling Action
Rainsford sneaks into General Zaroff's home and kills him
Resolution
Rainsford escapes from the island after killing General Zaroff
Climax
Rainsford avoids General Zaroff in the jungle - escapes death
Setting: Caribbean Sea, Yacht, humid and dark night,
Characters: Whitney and Rainsford

Meets Zaroff, men chat about hunting (Zaroff Reveals his obsession and wants to hunt Rainsford).
Themes
Obsessions should not be taken to extremes.
Be careful of who you trust.
Hunting vs. Murder → The difference between the two
Hunter vs. Hunted

Characterization: Zaroff
Intimidating Figure
Tall
Blackbearded
Direct Characteristics:
“The first thing that Rainsfords eyes discerned was the largest man Rainsford had ever seen-a gigantic creature, solidly made and blackbearded to the waist.” (Lines 173-178)
This quote describes his full appearance through the eyes of Rainsford
Rainsford depicts him as a large, savage man, native to the jungles of the Caribean
Textual Evidence
Characterization: Zaroff
Indirect Characteristics:
Savage
Mentally Deranged
Textual Evidence
“It’s a game you see.” (Line 53).
This quote depicts how insane General Zaroff is mainly because he thinks that hunting and killing human beings for enjoyment is a humorous and sensible activity, which is an incorrect assumption.
This contributes to him being a static and flat character because he doesn’t learn anything from his experience nor change in any way as a result of the hunt of Rainsford.
Characterization: Rainsford
Directs Characteristics:
Avid Hunter
Textual Evidence
“Great Sport, hunting.” “The best sport in the world,” agreed Rainsford.” (Lines 19-20).
This quote demonstrates Rainsford passion for hunting and desire to continue and pursue his love whenever possible
Characterization: Rainsford
Indirect Characteristics:
Inquisitive
Aware of Surroundings
Textual Evidence
“An abrupt sound startled him. Off to the right he heard it, and his ears, expert in such matters, could not be mistaken. Again he heard the sound, and again. Somewhere off in the blackness, someone fired a gun three times.” (Lines 71-74).
This demonstrates that he is very sensitive to sounds and very alert due to his hunting hobby. Additionally, he is very inquisitive and curious and wants to find out where the sound originated
Figurative Language
“It’s thick
like
moist black velvet” (line 14-15).
Said by Rainsford.
Referring to the lack of moonlight (very dark, cannot see anything)
A Simile
Simile-A figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared using, "like", and, "as"
Darkness “Thick”
Night "Moist black velvet"

Foreshadowing
“Where there are pistol shots there are men. Where there are men, there is food.” (line130-131)



Irony
General Zaroff praises and worships Rainsford treats him like a king
Ends up hunting and trying to kill Rainsford
Situational irony because Zaroff does the opposite of what the readers thought he would do, by turning on Rainsford

Point of View
3rd person limited
The short story is written with words such as “he, she, they, etc”
The reader has access to Rainsfords thoughts


Example:
“It’s so dark,” he [Rainsford] thought."
(Page 27).
By Richard Connell
Presented by Louise Galopin, Paul Soden, and Haley Feuerman
"Deserted" Caribbean Island
Happy Hunting!
The pistol shots provide a foreshadowing to the fact that General Zaroff is an avid hunter, and also what he might hunt (humans).
After he falls in the water, he knows that the men who shot the pistol on the island can help him.
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