Rainsford's Survival In The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

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The Most Dangerous Game, a short story by Richard Connell, shows the story of a hunter who will become the hunted. That hunter will learn a valuable lesson through his survival. Showing the events of the protagonist’s survival where he is hunted by another fellow human, the author reveals many character traits throughout the survival leading into the resolution. The protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, will learn a valuable lesson on the game of life after a clash between him and a seasoned manhunting veteran which will feature survival against man and nature on Ship Trap Island. Rainsford at first is depicted as being more of a hardened veteran of hunting, who shows no mercy for his prey. His ideology was shown when he had a disagreement with Whitney. “‘Who cares how a jaguar feels? ‘Perhaps the jaguar does.’ ‘Bah! They’ve no understanding’” (23). Rainsford in this instance overall states that he doesn’t care for what…show more content…
His cruel side is seen where he states that he kills men. “‘But they are men,’ said Rainsford hotly. ‘Precisely,’ said the general. ‘That is why I use them. It gives me pleasure. They can reason, after a fashion. So they are dangerous’” (408) Right here, Zaroff is described as selfish and cruel, harming others for the sake of his own pleasure. In opposition to this, he is extremely calm in demeanor and talks to Rainsford politely, despite how much Rainsford conflicts with him. “‘Civilized? And you shoot down men?’ A trace of anger was in the general’s black eyes, but it was there for but a second, and he said, in his most pleasant manner: ‘Dear me, what a righteous young man you are! I assure you I do not do the thing you suggest. That would be barbarous. I treat these visitors with every consideration’” (432) Zaroff believes that he is not doing anything wrong, and cheerfully answers Rainsford respectfully without any negative thoughts of himself as to what he is

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