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What is a short summary of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell?

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wako | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 17, 2008 at 8:14 PM via web

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What is a short summary of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 17, 2008 at 11:18 PM (Answer #1)

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Rainsford falls overboard while on a ship.  He swims to the closest island, Ship-Trap Island.  On the island he finds a house owned by a great hunter named Zaroff.  Zaroff welcomes him and asks him to join in a hunt.  Rainsford refuses and then Zaroff tells Rainsford he will be the hunted.  They try to outwit each other and according to inferences in the story we can assume Rainsford ends up killing Zaroff and sleeping in Zaroffs bed the next night.

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 17, 2008 at 10:54 PM (Answer #2)

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"The Most Dangerous Game" takes place on Ship-Trap Island.  Rainsford swims to the island after falling off the ship on which he is traveling.  On the island, Rainsford finds food and lodging with its sole human inhabitants, General Zaroff and his henchman, Ivan.  Zaroff, a world-famous hunter, reveals that he intends to hunt Rainsford, since he finds hunting humans most exciting.  Through intelligence and cleverness, Rainsford manages to elude Zaroff and is waiting in the General's bedroom when he returns.  The story insinuates that Rainsford ends Zaroff's life.

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