Richard Connell The Most Dangerous Game Essay

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Brusan Kellerring
English Composition
Professor Crothers
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Richard Connell was an author and journalist. He was born on October 17th, 1893 in New York and died on November 22nd, 1949 in Pasadena, California at the age of 56. During his era he was one of the most popular American short story writers. Most of his stories were published in “The Saturday Evening Post” and “Collier’s magazines”. He also found success in being a journalist as well as a screenwriter. However, probably his most famous short story would be “The Most Dangerous Game”. “The Most Dangerous Game” takes you on a journey to where human reasoning is put to the test against human instinct. Human instinct can have a major affect on ones reasoning, no matter who you are. Rainsford, a big game hunter is the story’s protagonist. He is intelligent and experienced at his craft. Rainsford was on a yacht and was traveling to a place called Rio de Janerio. Whitney who knew Rainsford, noticed off in the distance was an area that sailors often dreaded and tried to avoid at all costs. This was called “Ship-Trap Island”. All sailors have told some sort of story to this place.
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Throughout the hunt Richard Connell tries to distinguish a line between the hunter and the prey. In this case, Zaroff as the hunter and Rainsford as the prey. Whitney, presents an interesting topic earlier on in the story, whether animals fear being hunted or not. Cornell tries to portray this through “The Most Dangerous Game” with Rainsford being hunted by Zaroff “Even so, I rather think they understand one thing—fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death. (Whitney)” (Cornell, 1) To assume whether an animal feels fear when being hunted is difficult to comprehend because you have no clue on what the animal is feeling at the point in time. Rainsford becomes subjected to this fear during the hunt, and is forced to make rational

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