The Most Dangerous Game essays

             When people are put at their mercy's wits, they will do some extravagant things. In Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game," Sanger Rainsford is the person who deals with these things. The story focuses on Rainsford, a one time, big game hunter, and the events on an island that he swims to after falling off Whitney's ship. On Ship-Trap Island, Rainsford encounters and is hunted by a deranged man named General Zaroff, who is a tall man with no heart, and likes to hunt more dangerous game. During the events on Ship-Trap Island, Rainsford is witty, exhibits extravagant survival skills, and encounters a revelation.


Rainsford, a once savvy, avid hunter, uses his witty instincts to defeat General Zaroff at his own game. Rainsford sets out on this most dangerous game in which he uses many clever tactics to elude General Zaroff. Rainsford "executed a series of intricate loops; he doubled on his trail again and again recalling all the lore of the fox hunt, and all the dodges of the branches, on a thickly wooded ridge" (71). These intricate moves prove that Rainsford is an intelligent man with a plan in order to win this game. Tired from his elusive game plan, Rainsford decides to climb and rest in a tree. While in the tree, he hears rustling in the underbrush, so Rainsford, "flattened himself down on the limb, and through a screen of leaves as thick as a tapestry, he watched. The thing that was approaching was a man" (72). General Zaroff stops underneath the tree that Rainsford is occupying, and he lights one of his black cigarets. Although the general probably knows of his whereabouts, Rainsford remains smart and keeps quite eluding the general. Soon after the general toys with Rainsford, he is back on the move for survival. "It was flight now, a desperate, hopeless flight, that carried him on for some hours" (73). The game is going to be a long quest in which Rains…

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