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What is the resolution of the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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cougar1 | Student, Grade 9

Posted March 7, 2008 at 3:17 AM via web

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What is the resolution of the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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kelly-killen | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 7, 2008 at 6:38 AM (Answer #2)

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The Most Dangerous Game is a story that explores power and survival. In these circumstances, a resolution becomes very, very basic. What is one willing to do to survive? Where does "right and wrong" belong in basic survival? In what ways must humans act in order to elevate themselves above predator and prey? I'm not sure there was a resolution to this story. The ending indicates to all who are thoughtful readers that the responsibility for humanity lies in action rather than reaction.

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cybil | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 7, 2008 at 5:24 AM (Answer #1)

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The resolution is the story's final sentence: "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided." That sentence tells us that Rainsford defeated General Zaroff in their final confrontation. Before they battle, they agree that one "is to furnish a repast [meal] for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed." 

Learning that Rainsford slept in the bed tells us all we need to know. Throughout the story, we read to determine who will win, and in the very last sentence, Connell provides the answer. 

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surtine | Student

Posted September 28, 2012 at 4:47 PM (Answer #3)

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i have a question befor it said "he had never slept in a better bed befor for what was the fighting seen?

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