The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell And The Lottery Essay

1642 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
In the short stories “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, both protagonists are unwillingly put into situations that could leave them dead. In Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game”, world-renowned big-game hunter Sanger Rainsford finds himself stranded on an island after falling overboard on a yacht in route to Rio de Janeiro. After reaching the shore, Rainsford follows footprints of a hunter he heard shooting a few moments before to find General Zaroff, a Russian Cossack who enjoys hunting animals that are “courag[eous], cunning, and [able] to reason” (Connell 7). This encounter ultimately leads to Rainsford transforming from the hunter to the hunted. In Jackson’s “The Lottery,” protagonist Tessie Hutchinson finds herself the unlucky winner of her village’s annual lottery; however, the lottery is an age-old ceremony in which one unlucky person is stoned to death in hopes of ensuring a “heavy” harvest of corn in the upcoming harvest (Jackson 4). Throughout both stories, both the protagonists and antagonists show signs of mental disorders such as Antisocial Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Mantic Depression.
Antisocial Personality Disorder is a mental disorder that causes a person to “act rashly, destructively, and unsafely without feeling guilty when their actions hurt other people.” Someone with Antisocial Personality Disorder often times breaks the law, lies, and hurts other with no sign of remorse. There…

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