Summary Of The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

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From the beginning of short story, there have been many great writers whose work will go on for years to come. One of the great writers and most remembered was Richard Connell. Connell was a popular author and journalist whose short stories were regularly published in magazines such as “The Saturday Evening Post” and “Collier’s weekly”. Connell’s writing was different from other authors and screenplay writers in his lifetimes, which allowed his work to stick out. Connell’s childhood, college experience, and experience in the service all influenced his writing topics and style; as well as the Naturalism movement (1870-1914).
To start off, Richard Connell was born on October 17th, 1983 to Richard Connell Senior and Mary Connell in Poughkeepsie,
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This story shares many of Connell’s distinct writing traits including beginning with a dialogue, appealing to your emotions and violence. “The Most Dangerous Game” is a short story that involves a General that has taking the “game” of hunting way too far and finally loses in the end. The General in this story lives on an island and every person that becomes stranded on this particular island is given the choice to play a “game” or suffer. The “game” that is played is a hunting game; expect the prey is the person not the animal. The themes found throughout this story are hunter vs huntee, arrogance, and violence. This short story reflects majorly on the time Connell spent serving in World War I. Instead of just hunting animals in this story, Connell takes it to the next level. I can relate hunting humans to war. Also, most of the people that had come about the island were sailors that got lost at sea. This is significant because instead of just using normal people Connell uses …show more content…
The main ideas of this movement were Evolution, The Rise of Industry, Science and Theories of Progress and Determinism. The definition of this movement is “rising in part from the ramifications inherent in industrialization and Darwin’s theories of evolution. Naturalism stressed the natural world, saw it as indifferent to human beings, and a naturalism writer viewed humans as creatures among creatures, subject to social and natural forces outside his/her control,” according to Roger D. Jones. This movement is a little different than what you see in Connell’s work; however this movement is reflected. For example, in the “Most Dangerous Game” you can see this movement, through how Connell basically used human beings creatures for a hunting game. The General was “subject to social and natural forces outside his/her control,” when Rainsford came in and was not just a “stupid” sailor as the general though he would be. The general had no control over Rainsford but he thought he did and that’s what made him lose in the end.
In conclusion, Richard Connell is a well-remembered for his short stories, screenplays, and novels. His most memorable work will continue to be “The Most Dangerous Game” for the imagery, violence, and intense emotions with suspense he put into the story. His writing style and everything that influenced it, WWI and Naturalism movement, will continue

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