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Most Dangerous Game vs. Hunger Games

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By Grant Horne
Most Dangerous Game vs. Hunger Games

The Most Dangerous Game and the Hunger Games both may have differences in terms of plot and characters, but they also both bear similarities. These not only make them comparable to one another, but also allow the reader to derive a similar theme from the two texts. A few main similarities include;

- Both have the same premise (hunting humans)
- Both involve a goal of survival
- Both teach a lesson about hunting in general

Introduction
MDG
- Rainsford and Whitney are on a boat talking about hunting. After Whitney goes to sleep, Rainsford hears a gunshot from a distant island and falls off of the boat after leaning over theedge to see what was going on. The plot structure in the beginning of the Most Dangerous Game created an eerie and suspenseful atmosphere to the story by setting up a mood that prepares the audience for a dangerous and suspenseful atmosphere.
The Beginning (Exposition - Rising Action
MDG
- Rainsford meets General Zaroff and Ivan and sees Zaroff's trophy collection. Then, Zaroff challenges Rainsford to play his game. The plot structure of the Most Dangerous Game created an eerie and suspenseful atmosphere to the story by giving the reader an image of a man trying to avoid being hunted down and killed by a madman.

Hunger Games
- Katniss and Peeta are preparing for the Hunger Games. Once the games begin, Katniss tries to survive by sleeping in trees and using her tracking skills. Eventually Katniss and Peeta are the only ones left and they win the games together after they almost eat poisonous berries. The plot structure of the Hunger Games created suspense by making use of several elements of both hunting and survival to add a distinct feeling of "you are never safe". This also helps to put the viewer in a mode where they are constantly aware that something will happen.
The Middle (Rising Action - Climax)
MDG
- Rainsford pretends to jump off of a cliff to his death and Zaroff, believing he won the game, returns home. He finds Rainsford in his house, and Rainsford kills Zaroff. The plot structure at the end of the most dangerous game helped give the reader a sense of victory and accomplishment since the main character has succeeded in averting certain death.
The End (Falling Action - resolution)
Hunger Games
- Katniss is hunting in the woods with Gale the day before the annual Hunger Games reaping. During the reaping, Katniss's sister is selected and she volunteers in her place. The plot structure in the beginning of the Hunger Games created suspense by setting up the elements of the story that contribute to the survival atmosphere that will become important later in the
story.
Hunger Games
- Katniss and Peeta win the Hunger Games and return home. The plot structure at the end of the Hunger Games, like the Most Dangerous Game, gave the audience a proud and victorious feel, but also gave them a feeling of "something else is in store", as if this was only the beginning.
The Setting and the Mood it Created
MDG
- In the Most Dangerous Game, the forested/jungle setting created a claustrophobic and tense mood for the audience, as well as a possible feeling of false security.
Hunger Games
- In the Hunger Games, the setting, a large, woody area, also created a claustrophobic atmosphere for the viewers, but also game a sense of safety for some parts of the story.
The Conflicts
(Driving forces of the plot)
The conflict type Character v. Character works well in the Most Dangerous Game and the Hunger Games. The main conflict in the story in the Most Dangerous Game is the one between Rainsford and General Zaroff as Rainsford attempts to stay alive and evade Zaroff for as long as he can. In the Hunger Games, the main conflict is the one that is raging between Katniss and Peeta and the other tributes as they try to stay alive until they are the only ones left standing so that they can go back home. The character v. character conflict type works best in these stories because both of these stories revolve around one or two characters who are trying to evade other characters who are out to kill them.
The Conflicts
(Driving forces of the plot)
cont.
In both the Hunger Games and the Most Dangerous Game, the conflict type Character vs Nature is also very evident in the plot. This is because both stories involve the main characters struggling to not only survive against the other hunters, but also the natural forces of the setting. For example, Katniss is, at one point, struggling against a nest of wasps in the Hunger Games, while, in the Most Dangerous game, Rainsford is relying on tracks in the mud to help find out where Zaroff is headed next. Both of these characters are affected in some way by the natural surroundings in the settings of their stories.
CONCLUSION (Theme)
Overall, both of these texts seem to share one common theme, which is "recognize what isn't right and stand against it". I think this is a good theme for both texts because not only do both Rainsford and Katniss learn that the idea of hunting humans isn't right, but it goes much deeper than that. Rainsford learns from Zaroff that the idea of hunting in general is comparable to murder, and Katniss learns that she has the ability to rebel against what isn't right about the Hunger Games.
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