Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game Essay

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“Hunting is not a sport, in a sport both sides should know they’re in the game”(Paul Rodriguez)."The Most Dangerous Game," an adventure tale that pits two notorious hunters against one another in a life and death competition, is the story for which Richard Connell is best remembered. First published in 1924, the story has been frequently drawn together as a classic example of a suspenseful narrative loaded with action. Connell's story raises questions about the nature of violence, cruelty and the ethics of hunting for sport. "The Most Dangerous Game" gained favorable recognition upon its initial publication in 1924, winning the Prestigious O. Henry Memorial Award for short fiction. Its popularity was further established when the first …show more content…
By having Rainsford show these conflicting emotions, it demonstrates the irony of the situation. This change in Rainsford makes him a dynamic character. When he first came to the island, he thought that General Zaroff was a good man, someone who was treating him well. Connell even explains that Rainsford found Zaroff to be "...a most thoughtful and affable host, a true cosmopolite." However, once Rainsford has been hunted by Zaroff as a common animal would be, Rainsford hates the man and plans to kill him. At the very end of the story, just before Rainsford does just that, the narration reads, "Rainsford did not smile. 'I am still a beast a bay,' he said, in a low, hoarse voice. 'Get ready, General Zaroff'" (Connell). Rainsford has learned that it is all about survival of the fittest. He makes it his goal to live and not to lose at this most dangerous game, which is actually not a game at all. In fighting for his own survival, he also most certainly did not want General Zaroff to win because it not only is it wrong for a human to kill another, let alone for pleasure, but that person dying would be him. Rainsford resorts to all kinds of tricks to try to stay alive, as evidenced when he states, 'I'll give him a trail to follow,'...'He executed a series of intricate loops; he doubled on his trail again and again, recalling all the lore of the fox hunt...'" (Connell). Rainsford was

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