In "The Most Dangerous Game", what does the author want us to realize?

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kimfuji | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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The author wants us to realize the violence that we exhibit  at a low level in our everyday lives. When hunters persue animals as if in a game, it is not a game at all. (Perhaps it would be more fair if the animals had guns too. ha ! ha ! )We as human beings believe that we are so different from animals; we feel superior and above simple animals. However, Connell wants us to realize that we can behave ruthlessly like animals, when we are put in the right situation. Only when we are put in that life threatening situation, can we realize how inhumanely we can behave.

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The author wants you to realize that there is a very thin veneer of civilization in all of us.  According to Connell, it doesn't take much provocation to make someone become savage.  At the end of the story, Rainsford has a choice--kill or don't kill.  He chooses murder, admittedly not without provocation, but he still chooses to be savage over civilized.  And we are given the hint that he will continue to make this choice given that he truly enjoyed sleeping in Zaroff's bed.  The implication is that he will also enjoy taking over Zaroff's game.

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