The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell Essay

989 Words Mar 9th, 2016 4 Pages
How far would you be willing to go to preserve your life and well being in a difficult life threatening situation? How willing are you to let your primitive instincts take control of your mentality to do everything you need to do in order to survive. We have been programmed as humans being from our past ancestors to do anything and everything for survival. We are animals. Fear, anxiety, anger, are all things instilled in us to survive since the beginning.

In the adventure fiction short story by Richard Connell “The Most Dangerous Game” the ideas of self preservation are explored through the character of Rainsford. At the beginning of the story his views are clearly stated on the topic of hunting. He believes that animals have no understanding, no feelings. He had no sympathy for them, they were just slabs of meat to him. Little did he know once he ends up on “Ship Trap Island” his views would be drastically changed by a grueling game of survival and witt. As he had to corrupt his morals, values and ethics in order to survive.

Self Preservation is something we have been programmed to do since the day we are born. Thousands of years of adaptations and natural instincts have been passed to us through our genetics.
We do not even need to think about it when we are thrown into a life threatening situation. We do what needs to be done with our fight or flight instinct. Rainsford is a clear example of this. There is an important advantage he has going towards him, Rainsford has…

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