Literary Writer In The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

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Literary writers form their works by utilizing methods of creative critical thinking. Their works reflect a lot about their views on life, society and the world as a whole. These writers write about a plethora of ideals, emotions and opposition to political and social events that affect us all. These types of writing bring light to subjects that may have been overlooked, or not thought of. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a subject literary writers have not directly written about, but, their works echo the symptoms and associated problem. Writing about a subject as complicated as PTSD is difficult in and of itself. The writer’s expertise is not the medical field but in the ability to illustrate an image or emotion from personal …show more content…
This gift is overlooked or sometimes misunderstood. The writings they produce often, echo personal experiences and contain deeper meaning. The experiences are an imprinted memory and influence their work. A good example is “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. Connell served during World War I. The Great War, as it is referred to. Fighting took place throughout Europe, Africa, Middle East, and the Pacific Islands. The setting for this piece presents evidence to Connell’s true intent. The selection of an island as the setting points to Connell’s war experiences. The location of the island is a big piece of evidence of Connell’s military experiences. The island is in the middle of the ocean. Desolate, in the middle of nowhere, a no man’s land to speak of. World War I is known as a trench warfare fighting style. Each side’s battle lines are the trench lines. The area between the trench lines is no man’s land. No man wanted to be caught there because it represented death or the possibility of death. Connell’s use of fictional characters to represent past traumatic events is also …show more content…
The experiences he endured influenced him in a way he never saw coming. The title to one of Owens poems unites his attitude and overall feelings toward his duty. “Dulce et Decorum Est” Latin for It is sweet and honorable to die for ones country. Knowing the likelihood you may die any day leaves a negative effect on a person. The sights, sounds and emotional experiences carry a great burden upon Owen. He writes about this in the poem. “Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots, but limped on, blood-shod. All went lame, all blind” (lns 5 - 6). This is a reflective memory from Owens personal war experiences. A symptom of PTSD is intrusive memories. Writing a poem with such vivid depictions of men marching asleep, bloody and bootless created a lasting image for Owen. The image also points out the physical limits placed on men and their bodies. Recognizing these symptoms and diagnosing a person during the conflict is extremely difficult. There may be numerous small symptoms that go unnoticed, or thought of as insignificant personal

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