The Most Dangerous Game Analysis

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“The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees” (Connell 1). In Richard Connell’s most well known story “The Most Dangerous Game”, Connell portrays men as beasts, which is understandable, because he fought in World War 1, and most likely thought of the Axis as beasts as well. In “The Most Dangerous Game”, A world renowned hunter named Rainsford, falls overboard a ship near an island called Ship-Trap. When he seeks refuge on the island, he meets a man called General Zaroff, who at first glance, seems a bit peculiar. The General was indeed more than peculiar, he was insane. The general hunted humans, for more of a thrill, and wanted to hunt Rainsford next, which did not end well for Zaroff. In another of Connell’s stories, …show more content…
Connell portrays some men as beasts, and some as humble simpletons. However, he uses the writing tools of plot structure, conflict, and setting, in both of these short stories to do so.
Foremost, The plot structure of “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Cage Man” are not very similar. In “The Most Dangerous Game”, Connell makes the rising action more notable, with more thrills than “The Cage Man”. In “The Most Dangerous Game”, the plot begins as two world renowned hunters, named Whitney and Rainsford, are traveling on a yacht to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Whitney points out an island not too far off that he claims has “‘a reputation--a bad one’... ‘It’s gotten into sailor lore, somehow. Didn’t you notice that the crew’s nerves seemed a bit jumpy today?’ ‘They were a bit strange, … even Captain Nielsen’” (Connell 15). Whitney then decides to go to bed for the night, while Rainsford decides to stay up a bit longer and smoke on his pipe. A few minutes later, Rainsford hears a familiar noise and
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In “The Most Dangerous Game”, the conflict would be between General Zaroff, and Rainsford. The General is hunting Rainsford, which is an external conflict. It is a external conflict because of the physical stress put upon Rainsford whilst being hunted. It can be argued that there is an internal conflict as well, because Rainsford kept becoming worried and nervous, and had to keep saying to himself “I will not lose my nerve. I will not” (Connell 28) to calm himself down. In “The Cage Man”, Horace is having an internal conflict. His conflict is that he loves his job very much, but is being moved to a different one, even though he is very good at the job he currently has. The conflict of “The Most Dangerous Game” is more severe, however, conflict is still present in “The Cage

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