The Most Dangerous Game
When passion becomes an obsession; how far would let it take you? A very resourceful and intelligent man is about to enter a game that could end his life. Another man, also very intelligent and resourceful who is willing to sacrifice his virtues for the sake of a good game. Though two men can carry similar traits; their morals and values could be a whole other story. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, is a perfect example of this situation. Both Rainsford and Zaroff may seem to possess many of the same character traits, but when it comes to where they draw their moral line they couldn’t be more different.
The protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, possesses many character traits. One of which is being quick minded. Having a quick intellect gives you the ability of having a nimble, and alert mind. Rainsford presents this by being able to promptly think of a solution with a limited amount of time.He was also able to demonstrate his quick-mind by staying cool, calm and collected during these moments of alarm. Sanger demonstrates his quick wits after falling off the boat.He realized that “There was a chance that his cries could be heard by someone aboard the yacht, but that chance was slender and grew more slender as the yacht raced on”. Later in the story when Rainsford was safe on the shore he conceives a theory, “Where there are pistol shots, there are men. Where there are men, there is food.” promptly after waking up from a deep slumber. The last display of his quick-intellect is during the hunting game against his adversary, General Zaroff. Due to Zaroff’s poor display of fair play, Rainsford was constantly having to think on his feet, “The softness of the earth had given him and idea. He stepped back from the quicksand a dozen feet or so and like some huge prehistoric beaver he began to dig”. The next trait Sanger Rainsford most expressed was having a keen mind, meaning he does his work efficiently and shows a great mental...
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