Essay on The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

1128 Words Nov 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Every story is meant to portray an idea, or moral, that the reader is supposed to pick up on and follow throughout the story. The moral in “The Most Dangerous Game” is that civility and savagery are similar in many ways. In “The Most Dangerous Game” written by Richard Connell, the idea of civility, and its relationship to savage, is depicted through a series of traits in Sanger Rainsford and General Zaroff. Both Rainsford and Zaroff have civil and savage qualities, but each individual tends to lean more towards either civil or savage, based on their expressed attributes. Sanger Rainsford shows many civilized qualities. Some qualities might include his advanced education, his manners, or simply his wealth. The readers can conclude he has an advanced education from his ability to speak and read languages and the mention of his published books. “‘I am Sanger Rainsford of New York’ Rainsford began again…. ‘I’ve read your book about hunting…’explained the man [Zaroff]”(Connell 5) [This Quote] Tells the readers about Rainsford’s book and helps the reader comprehend Rainsfords amount of education. Readers are allowed to observe Rainsford’s manners during the dinner. “‘Thank you, general.’” [Rainsford] (Connell 7). At the beginning of the story, Rainsford is aboard a yacht, a high priced boat normally only possessed by wealthy people. “There was a chance that his cries could be heard by someone aboard the yacht…” (Connell 3). As the story develops,…

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