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The Most Dangerous Game

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Maryam Syed

on 16 October 2014

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Transcript of The Most Dangerous Game

Rainsford ( protagonist)
A hunter who lands on Ship-Trap island after falling from his ship.
His perception of the predator-prey relationship is altered by the hunt he particpates in against General Zaroff
General Zaroff(antagonist)
A Cossack who's hunted enough animals to the point where humans are the only prey he deems interesting.
Gravely underestimates Rainsford
Symbols Within the Story
General Zaroff's Eyes

The Most
Dangerous Game

The Jungle

Rainsford vs. Death ( Man vs. Fate

On the ship, Rainsford is with Whitney (another passenger) when the latter pinpoints an island located in the dark.
Inciting Incident
Rainsford discovers Zaroff traps sailors on island and hunts them.
Rainsford has the option of being hunted by Zaroff, or being killed by Ivan.
If Rainsford survives for 3 days, he will be allowed to leave island.
Enters hunt, for he has no choice.
Rising Action
Hunt begins, and Rainsford is easily found, but Zaroff lets him go to benefit his own interest.
Not giving up, Rainsford successfully wounds Zaroff, but Zaroff promises to kill him the following (third) day.
Rainsford creates trap using quicksand, and kills one of Zaroff's hunting hounds.
He later spots Zaroff in the distance, and creates another trap which kills Ivan.
After killing Ivan, Rainsford is cornered by hounds at the edge of a cliff.
A hunter named Rainsford stumbles on to a mysterious island after falling from his ship.
Eventually, he locates a chateau owned by a Cossack general named Zaroff.
After replenishing Rainsford's health, Zaroff confesses his desire to hunt humans.
Inevitably, Rainsford is forced to participate in a hunt. He proves to be resourceful in making booby traps.
He survives a cliff fall and wins the hunt.

When Rainsford is cornered by the hounds, he decides to leap into the sea, making the point of no return.
He makes this decision due to the fact that he sees that his fate is near.
Falling Action
Zaroff is stunned with Rainsford's decision and returns home unamused.
He believes Rainsford is dead, an action that will bring about his downfall.
The denouenment is the last sentence of the story, which states, "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided, " (Connell 17).
Genral Zaroff's Eyes
Genral Zaroffs eyes are meant to symbolize the eyes of a predator as they are described as all-seeing and being black
The Jungle
The jungle represents the unbalancement and chaos that is Genral Zaroff and his wrath as the forest is described as being wild and untamed
Rainsford is a representation of the prey that General Zaroff is hunting. As Rainsford has been the hunter through his passion of hunting, it is ironic that he is now the hunted prey.
The importance of this symbol in the story is that they foreshadowing that Rainsford will soon become General Zaroff's prey
Major Conflicts
"His eyes too, were black and bright"
The importance of this symbol in the story is that it creates a mood of fear and terror for the reader as the environment is just as dangerous as General Zaroff himself
"The muck sucked viciously at his foot as if it were a giant leech"
The reason that this symbol is important is because Rainsford is the main character and it sets the tone through the use of irony in this short story
In this short story, Richard Connell wants the reader to understand everything is not what it seems as the prey can soon become the predator.
Zaroff is surprised by Rainsford, who appears from behind his curtain.
Rainsford challenges him to a duel.
Before they begin, Zaroff states that the dogs will eat one of them that night while the other will sleep in the comfortable bed.
In the end, Rainsford kills Zaroff.
Created By: Kelsey S., Cameron C.,
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The island is then described as "a mystery".
Dark, uncomfortable mood.
Rainsford falls off the boat and goes ashore island.
Rainsford meets Zaroff and Ivan ( his butler), and is welcomed into home.
Rainsford vs. General Zaroff (Man vs. Man)
After the hunt begins, Rainsford recognizes the full extent of the general's skills.His own capabilities are exhausted against a seemingly invincible opponent as the hunt progresses. He only wins after relying on his instinct(cliff) rather than logic.
Rainsford vs. Island (Man vs. Nature)-
"Ship-Trap" Island has proved to be a life-changing experience for Rainsford.
His perspective is altered by the events of the hunt as he stuggled for life in the chaotic jungle.
Rainsford vs. Death ( Man vs. Fate)-
General Zaroff only offers him two options: hunt or be tortured by Ivan (his henchmen). Despite his initial disgust, Rainsford is forced to become the general's prey and fight for his life out in the jungle.
Rainsford vs. Island (Man vs. Nature)
Rainsford vs. General Zaroff ( Man vs. Man)
Thematic Question
Figurative Language
Whitney (static character)
A superstitious sailor who foreshadows the dangers of the mysterious island Rainsford lands on.
Believes that animals also feel fear
Ivan (static character)
Intimidating giant who serves as Zaroff's right hand man
Dies as a result of one of Rainsford's booby traps.

The world is made up of
two classes-- the hunters
and the huntees"'
(Connell 1)

At first, Rainsford rejects the notion that prey can feel fear. However, this logic proves to faulty when the tables are turned and he becomes the prey. General Zaroff displays the same ignorance when he justifies hunting humans.
As humans, do we deem the lives of simpler animals ( i.e. cows, chickens, and dogs) insignificant to our own?
Richard Connell
Born on October 17, 1893 in Poughkeepsie, NY, to Richard Edward Connell Sr. and Marrie Miller Connel.
Loved writing since childhood.
His father's previous job as an editor and reporter helped him earn a job as a editor as well.
Wrote and edited a camp newspaper while serving in WWI, may have contributed to Rainsford's background in the war.
Turned back to freelance writing and wrote many stories during this prolific period.
" The Most Dangerous Game" is what he is the most famous for.

Homework- Answer the Would You Rather questions.
Details- Put yourself in Rainsford's situation. Relate another plot ( i.e. The Hunger Games or Battle Royale) to the story and back up your answers with reasons.
By Richard Connell
In this story, Connell uses figurative language to describe certain ideas and give us a visual
"It's like most black velvet" (Connell 1).
Simile- describes how dark it is outside
"...tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thivk warm blackness in upon the yacht" (Connell 1).
Personification- gives visual description of what the night is doing.
Answer to Thematic Question
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