The Most Dangerous Game Essay

823 Words Apr 25th, 2002 4 Pages
Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" is a very exciting story of a manhunt. This story made me think about the morality of hunting: Humans are the cleverest creatures on earth, but does it give them a license to kill the other animals and even human beings weaker than themselves? I give below a short summary of the story to set the scene and then I will explore the ethics involved in hunting as a sport. "The Most Dangerous Game" presents the story of a hunter, General
Zaroff, who finds hunting human beings as the most dangerous and fascinating sport. He likes hunting humans because human beings, unlike the other animals, can reason better and so provide a richer thrill for the hunter. He does not think hunting human
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However, this theory can be challenged in several ways. First
And foremost, what is strength? It does not necessarily mean physical strength. A strong creature like the elephant is tamed and domesticated by a human who is relatively a weaker creature. If to be strong is to be clever, then a fox may be stronger than a lion. If strength lies in wisdom, an ant probably is no less wise than even a human being. So it is very difficult to say who are the fit and who have the right to survive. Furthermore, there is no reason whatsoever to claim the right of the strong to kill the weak. The weak have the right to live and many weak creatures thrive splendidly.
Darwin's theory of evolution teaches us that in the struggle
For existence only the fit survive. But it does not tell us that the
Weak are unfit. As a matter of fact, many strong creatures like mammoths and dinosaurs failed in the struggle for existence and became extinct, while puny and weak creatures like the cockroach or the common fly are living and flourishing. This proves that it is not physical strength that guarantees fitness and the license to live. Survival is a more complicated affair than mere strength.
If we look at the history of evolution we see that human
Beings have been very successful in the struggle for existence. One of the reasons for this may be that man does not live by bread alone and that the human society has developed a set of civilizing virtues like

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