Survival of the Fittest
“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it never care for anything else thereafter.” –Ernest Hemingway. “The Most Dangerous Game” is a short story of adventure and suspense written by Richard Connell in 1924. The setting is after the First World War in the Caribbean. Richard Connell lived from 1893 to 1949. He was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York and eventually went on to attend Georgetown and Harvard University. While a student at Harvard, Connell edited the Harvard Lampoon and The Crimson. He later enlisted and served his time during World War 1 and while overseas edited the camp newspaper. After journalism Connell pursued a short career in advertising until he finally settled on a job as a freelance writer. It is around this time that he wrote his most famous short stories and went on to with the O. Henry Memorial Prize twice. In his most famous short story “The Most Dangerous Game”, Connell writes about a character named Rainsford and his life changing experience when he finds himself trapped on an unfamiliar island. In the story Rainsford who is a renowned hunter falls overboard from his own boat and if forced to swim to the closest dry land. After arriving on this island he follows the sound of gunshots to a cabin where he meets Zaroff. Zaroff explains his harsh game to Rainsford and lays out the rules Rainsford is to follow. What the poor man didn’t know was that he was now a part of Zaroff’s twisted game. In life, what goes around comes around. On a large scale basis this can be applied toward anything. For example if you make fun of somebody because they just tripped and fell then you turn around and fall over a rock, that is karma. This theme can also be seen throughout the story such as at the beginning when it talks about Rainsford as a big hunter, the middle when Rainsford becomes the hunted and the very end when Zaroff becomes the hunted.
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