Michelle Anne Rubio
20 October 2011
How do Rainsford's actions affect the story's theme?
In the short story, The Most Dangerous Game, Richard Connell tells the tale of an exceptionally skilled hunter named Rainsford. Rainsford falls off his yacht and ends up on the shores of Ship Trap Island, home to the evil General Zaroff and finds himself in a game of man vs. man against a person who finds thrill in hunting and killing human beings. However, despite the fact that Rainsford is forced to face a surplus of life threatening obstacles he does not back down. Throughout this story Rainsford's skill, whit, determination, and persistence are put to the test over and over again in this game; the odds are not in his favor but he quickly grasps the reality that if he is to survive he must will himself to do so. Evidently, Rainsford's hardwork is rewarded in the end when he beats the General at his own game but more importantly saves his own life. Rainsford is told about Ship Trap Island where, through sailor lore, those who arrive on the island never return home. Whitney states, "Those fishy blue eyes held a look I never saw there before." This quote explains a scene in the story where Rainsford notices a look in the captain's eyes that he has never seen before which reveal a sense of suspicion and alertness, as well as a hint of fear. This quote hints the future of the story by comparing the scared look in the captain's eyes and being "Fishy" or suspicious; thus foreshadowing the dangers of Ship Trap Island. Although Rainsford has seen the fear in the captain's eyes, his opinion on hunting remains the same as he states, "Pure imagination." In this scene, this quote shows how Rainsford is not shaken by the sailor lore that seems to have everyone else on edge. This shows that Rainsford acquires a kind of competence toward something in the story that in fact, is very serious. Rainsford is headstrong about his "Bravery" toward Ship Trap Island...
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