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The Most Dangerous Game Rainsford Essays

“The Most Dangerous Game” is a short story and thriller by Richard Connell, which takes place after World War II on a remote island. The story chronicles the misadventures of a distraught castaway, as he makes his way through a mad man’s playground, narrowly escaping death at each turn. General Zaroff, the castaway’s captor, forces Rainsford into a game of murder that ends in Zaroff’s demise. Rainsford, the protagonist, is an embodiment of our inner man, the beast that dwells just below our outer psyche, the part of us that others, even those held close, fails to see. Throughout the story, Rainsford’s beliefs, temperament, sense of self and ultimate state of consciousness morph as the story progresses, which makes him a hard to miss, dynamic character.

The most notable change in Rainsford is in his beliefs. Rainsford, an adept hunter, initially believes that animals experience no fear or recognizable emotion. He demonstrates this when he jubilantly states, “Who cares what a jaguar feels?”(11). He later insinuates that animals have no intelligence as he proudly declares, “Bah, they have no understanding” (11). Rainsford takes his egotistic beliefs and opinions further by ridiculing the animals he hunts and by partitioning his...

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The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Cornell Essay

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“The Most Dangerous Game”, by Richard Cornell was a story which Mr.Cornell used 8 aspects of fiction to show his point of view that one who has intellect can overcome one who has intelligence or instinct. The character’s used in the story gave the author a way to make his point of view come clear to his audience. The story uses sequence of events. The plot is how the story goes about. The setting is the surroundings of the story, or where it takes place. The suspense is the temporary holding of the information to keep the reading interested, and to keep the reader guessing and wanting to know what will happen so they will continue reading your story. Foreshadowing is the readers way of telling the ‘future’, in other words the writer is…show more content…

But since Sanger Rainsford has intellect, he can survive, unlike the animals who have intelligence and instinct. At the end of the hunted, Sanger Rainsford makes it out alive using his knowledge and reason.

The plot is the sequence of events, and they go like this: 1.Rainsford hunts animals, 2.He goes out to sea, 3.Get’s washed up on an island, 4.Get’s hunted by Zaroff, 5.Tries to leave, 6.Can’t escape, 7.He has to use reason to beat his opponent and win the fight of life or death, 8.Rainsford wins the game, 9.He leaves. As you can see, the author uses the plot to make sure the story makes sense and goes in order.

The setting is very important in a story. The reader needs to know where the characters are. So he/she can get a picture in their head of the scene. Well this story like I have mentioned a few times, takes place on a deserted island, in the middle of nowhere, and Rainsford is in the jungle being hunted. The scene is very important in making the story viewable in the mind of the reader.

Suspense is also an important part of a story. If there is no suspense in the story, the reader wont want to keep reading your story, they’ll say it’s boring. Suspense keeps this from happening. You make the story exciting so the reader can continue reading. In the story the suspense is that Rainsford is trapped on an island with nowhere out and Zaroff is coming to get him! The author needs to have suspense to keep readers

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