The Most Dangerous Game Essay

661 Words Oct 31st, 2005 3 Pages
The Most Dangerous Game
Analyzing Conflict

I find that the most important part of this story is how the plot moves along so quickly. It also manages to describe successfully each conflict or major part of the story. The key element of the plot is when Zaroff and Rainsford play the game. The main conflict would be external which is man verses man, or Zaroff verses Rainsford. There are three major conflicts of man that can be found in Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game." In the rest of this short essay I will utilize the elements of compositions and also identify and explain the three conflicts of man found in this story. The first conflict of man found in "The Most Dangerous Game" is when man verses nature. An example
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The third conflict of man found in the short story is when man verses man/nature. An example presented by the story is when Rainsford has to go through the jungle, get passed Zaroff's dogs, swim across the rough sea and hunt down Zaroff himself. Rainsford intended to put as much distance as possible between him and Zaroff, so he went through the jungle for two hours. He then found a spot by a big tree with a trunk and outspread branches, he thought that not even an experienced hunter like Zaroff could trace him there. Rainsford eventually found him injured because a tree fell on his shoulder, he also managed to score first. Rainsford then built a Burmese tiger pit that claimed one of Zaroff's best dogs. Rainsford found Zaroff again; Zaroff said the pit was a great idea, Rainsford scored. When Rainsford was lying by a swamp he was awakened by the sound of dogs, they were after him and they drew nearer and nearer. He quickly climbed up a tree and started to think, he thought of a native trick he learned in Uganda. He jumped of the tree and started running for his life, he ran out to sea and the hounds lost him. He then swam to Zaroff's mansion and found him; Zaroff replied, "How in God's name did you get here?" Rainsford said, "Swam", and then Zaroff congratulates Rainsford that he won. It was always an external man verses man conflict between Rainsford and Zaroff. The theme would be to prove who is the strongest, which would demonstrate the better hunter

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