Violence In Steven Pinker's The Most Dangerous Game

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"Even if we have inclinations towards ; we also have inclinations to empathy, to cooperation, to self control." This quotation spoken by the famous psychologist Steven Pinker is a good example of how human may be bad and good. Humans have, and always will be violent, even in stories. This violence can make a story exciting, dramatic, sad, happy, and has a great influence on how we see the story. Throughout the short story unit, violence was a prevalent theme. One short story with physical violence is The Most Dangerous Game. Scientists say as babies and children, we learn what is socially acceptable and expected of us. This ties to The Most Dangerous Game because General Zaroff, as a child, was taught to hunt and lead to kill, affecting his perception of good and bad. This misperception lead to the death of countless people, and the near death of Rainsford. However, in the end the hunted becomes the hunter and Zaroff is killed. The violence in this story is considerably more obvious compared to others though, due to the hunter-victim relationship and the death of humans rather than other animals. Don’t know how to close the paragraph.…show more content…
Miss Strangeworth sent many letters informing people about their personal relations they may not want to know, taking away their privacy and trust in others. Instability is another leading factor of why we kill or do harmful things. In the end, Miss Strangeworth’s roses are destroyed to send the message of revenge and the acknowledgement of her letters, which were previously anonymous. The reason the roses were destroyed is because some kill, in this case the roses, to feel the act of “cleansing” themselves through vengeance. This violence often affects us mentally rather than physically, causing us emotional pain and gives us the feeling of unimportance, which also can lead to violence. Don’t know how to close the

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