Hunted In The Most Dangerous Game, By Richard Connell

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The short story, The Most Dangerous Game, written and published in 1924, by Richard Connell. In the story, a hunter named Rainsford is stranded on an island, owned by a wealthy Cossack named Zaroff. Who hunts humans, not animals. Zaroff then gives Rainsford a choice, to be hunted by Zaroff for three days, or to be killed by Zaroff’s manservant, Ivan. Rainsford chooses to be hunted by Zaroff and is given hunting gear. On the last day of the hunt, Zaroff and his dogs corner Rainsford, and Rainsford jumps into the sea. Zaroff thinks that Rainsford has committed suicide and goes back home, where Rainsford, who survived, kills Zaroff in his own room. Regardless of Rainsford and Zaroff’s similarities, the difference between their values makes …show more content…
When Rainsford first goes to the front door of Zaroff’s house, Zaroff meets Rainsford by saying, “It is a very great pleasure and honor to welcome Mr. Sanger Rainsford, the celebrated hunter, to my home” (4). This shows that General Zaroff is two-faced and devious. He is being polite and civilized while saying this, but later in the story we learn of his true intentions: he likes to hunt people for fun. While Rainsford is in Zaroff’s home, Zaroff tells Rainsford that he hunts a new animal. After learning of the animal Zaroff hunts, Rainsford says, “Thank you, I'm a hunter, not a murderer” (8). This quotation tells the reader that Rainsford is upfront and feels strongly against murder. He is upfront by telling a murderer that what he is doing is wrong. Rainsford’s upfront and honest nature shows that he makes just and fair decisions, whereas Zaroff’s devious and two-faced nature demonstrates Zaroff negative reputation just like …show more content…
While arguing with Zaroff about his hobby, Rainsford says, “Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder”(7). This represents Rainsford’s respect for the law. Zaroff then shows Rainsford channel markers which he explains by saying, “They indicate a channel...where there's none; giant rocks with razor edges crouch like a sea monster with wide-open jaws. They can crush a ship as easily as I crush this nut” (7). This displays Zaroff’s disregard for the law. Rainsford’s murder at the end of the short story The Most Dangerous Game is one of fairness. This shows Rainsford respecting the law and acting as an executioner, by killing Zaroff for justice. Zaroff, for what he has done, killing a lot of people and neglecting the law, deserves to be

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