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Title:Connell 's The Most Dangerous Game
Author(s):Terry W. Thompson
Source:The Explicator. 60.2 (Winter 2002): p86. From Literature Resource Center.
Document Type:Critical essay
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Copyright : COPYRIGHT 2002 Taylor & Francis Ltd. http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00144940.asp Full Text:
First published in 1924, Richard Connell 's "The Most Dangerous Game" is perhaps the finest example to date of the "hunter-becomes-the-hunted" tale. Connell, a combat veteran of World War I, began with a somewhat hackneyed plot line, but via excellent description, taut pacing, and crisp dialogue, the young writer produced a surprisingly enduring action-adventure story. Winner of the O 'Henry Memorial Award the year it was published, the tale remains a staple of anthologies of American short fiction. Although commonly dismissed as little more than an exciting, testosterone-pumping duel between two well-matched professional hunters, there is a deeper political and social meaning to this widely read but rarely critiqued story. Beneath the thrill of the chase, the two main characters--Sanger Rainsford, a young American traveler, and General Zaroff, an old Russian aristocrat--represent competing views of the world that were at strong odds in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

Rainsford, the youthful protagonist, is a masculine, elegant, swashbuckling hero. His surname certainly has a sophisticated resonance, like Rockefeller or Roosevelt, but his given name, "Sanger," carries a wonderful ambiguity: First, it



Cited: Connell, Richard. "The Most Dangerous Game." Perrine 's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense. Eds. Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson. 8th ed. New York: Harcourt Brace, 2001. 57-76. Thompson, Terry W. Source Citation (MLA 7th Edition) Thompson, Terry W. "Connell 's The Most Dangerous Game." The Explicator 60.2 (2002): 86+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 Nov. 2013. Document URL http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA85068310&v=2.1&u=tlc019169257&it=r&p=LitRC&sw=w&asid=b66287b612442f1032d54f2adb2b3dc1 Gale Document Number: GALE|A85068310 Top of page Previous 1 2 3 4 5 Next

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