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The Most Dangerous Game

Rainsford is supposed to be a man of the world, a great adventurer, a fearless hunter, and so forth. And yet he looks like an idiot when he allows himself to fall off a yacht in what is known to be...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2014 11:40 pm UTC

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A bit of context is important first. Rainsford is running away from Zaroff. We are in the middle of the hunt. As Zaroff is making gains, Rainsford decides to hide in a tree. At first, Rainsford...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2015 1:07 am UTC

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General Zaroff tells Rainsford that the men are capsized in their ships by an act of God or he helps it along with the push of a button that causes flashing lights. This is supposed to warn...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2007 12:09 pm UTC

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The answer to this question is dependent on individual reader opinion. Readers could absolutely side with Zaroff, Rainsford, or some other variation. Biologically speaking, there isn't a...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2018 9:23 pm UTC

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In the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell, people who refuse to be hunted are beaten to death by Ivan, a giant of a man who used to whip people to death for the Czar of...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 3:02 pm UTC

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Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," is set in the Caribbean Sea near the fictional Ship-Trap Island. The protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, is a big-game hunter on route to his...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2010 11:26 am UTC

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During their initial dinner, General Zaroff tells Rainsford that he has become bored with hunting animals because he always gets his quarry. The general says that animals simply cannot compete with...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 12:40 pm UTC

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The quick answer to this is that the author shows that the sea is calm by saying that it is "as smooth as a plate glass window." This is a simile because the author is trying to describe how smooth...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2010 9:52 am UTC

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As far as place is concerned, the story progresses through a variety of locations around and on what is known by sailors as 'Ship Trap Island' in the Caribbean Sea - a place feared by them. The...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2016 2:34 pm UTC

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First, it was not General Zaroff who uttered the quote in question from "The Most Dangerous Game": It was Sanger Rainsford, who was being hunted by Zaroff, who, trying to calm his nerves, nervously...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011 10:35 am UTC

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Zaroff knows who Rainsford is because Zaroff is a well read individual. Perhaps Zaroff isn't a well rounded reader, but he does admit that he is a voracious reader when it comes to books about...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016 1:40 pm UTC

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In Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford is the one who uses the word "superstitious," not Whitney. Whitney uses the word "lore" to explain the feeling of the "poisonous" air that he...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 5:47 pm UTC

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One conclusion that seems to be almost implied by the story's ending is that Rainsford will become just like Zaroff, taking his place and becoming like him. After all, he has already become the...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2012 10:41 pm UTC

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"The Most Dangerous Game" is certainly a title that has multiple levels of meaning. Ultimately, the word "game" here can be interpreted according to two separate definitions. It be used both in...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 5:54 am UTC

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Early in the story, the narrator establishes in the conversation between Rainsford and Whitney that they are both experienced big-game hunters; they explicitly recall hunting moose, as well as...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016 8:21 pm UTC

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A thesis statement has to address the prompt in a simple, direct, and clear way. From the information you have provided, I am guessing you are trying to write a thesis statement about the ending...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 7:24 pm UTC

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"The Most Dangerous Game" is a short story written by Richard Connell, in which a man named Sanger Rainsford finds himself trapped on an island, being hunted by a fierce predator—another man....

Latest answer posted September 14, 2017 11:45 pm UTC

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General Zaroff stocks his island with game from ships that run aground on the giant rocks. General Zaroff is a diabolical man, who got so bored with hunting that he decided that no animal could...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2014 9:40 pm UTC

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Foreshadowing in a piece of literature is when the author provides hints or clues to suggest what may take place later in the story. In the short story "The Most Dangerous Game," Richard Connell...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

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During Zaroff's first meal with Rainsford, he demonstrates confidence in his hunting abilities by explaining to Rainsford that hunting has "ceased to be what you call 'a sporting proposition'"...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2019 12:05 pm UTC

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In the short story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Edward Connell, an enthusiastic hunter named Rainsford falls off a yacht as it is passing by a forbidding place called Ship-Wreck Island. In...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021 12:16 am UTC

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Sanger Rainsford possesses numerous positive character traits that allow him to survive three days on Ship-Trap Island while the maniacal General Zaroff hunts him like prey during the most...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019 10:59 pm UTC

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Zaroff is described through the eyes of Rainsford, the narrator of the story, and also through his own dialogue and description. Though Rainsford's first impression of Zaroff is that he is...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016 3:57 am UTC

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The setting of "The Most Dangerous Game" is very important to the tone and mood for the story. Given that the story takes place on a relatively unknown island, Ship-Trap Island, only rumors...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2012 11:02 pm UTC

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As an experienced hunter, Sanger Rainsford is in possession of any number of survival skills. First of all, Rainsford is in great physical shape because, after falling off the ship, he can swim far...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2017 12:14 am UTC

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"The Most Dangerous Game" can be seen as either escapist or interpretive literature, or an example of both together. On the surface, it is a thrilling tale of two men pitted against each other in...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 7:14 pm UTC

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The Most Dangerous Game is a short story, and so must get to the point quickly to avoid losing the reader. Setting up the character of Rainsford, master game hunter, we find him on a ship with a...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2011 2:54 pm UTC

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After Rainsford hears of General Zaroff’s game, he is horrified. He calls the general a murderer. The general considers the hunt a very civilized game. He tells Rainsford, “Dear me, what a...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 11:28 pm UTC

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The answer to this question leans heavily on the matter of characterization. In "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford is characterized as the good guy, and he engages in a man-to-man conflict with...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2018 8:31 pm UTC

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I believe to "live life in a minute" means that at a time of serious jeopardy or in a life threatening situation, you live all the best or most precious moments of your life in an...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2007 10:54 am UTC

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Richard Connell's suspenseful and suprising short story "The Most Dangerous Game" is, indeed, replete with symbolism. Ironically, the jaguar about which Sanger Rainsford speaks so superciliously...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2011 11:55 am UTC

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Both conversations parallel each other and concern the relationship between the hunter and prey. In Rainsford's conversation with Whitney at the beginning of the story, Rainsford states that...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 3:26 pm UTC

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On the surface, these two characters could not be more different. Ivan is a great, hulking brute of a man with a great beard. He is also incapable of speech as a deaf-mute and gives off a grotesque...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 10:45 pm UTC

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A Malay mancatcher is made from a dead tree resting on a living one. In this story, Rainsford finds himself accidentally trapped on an island with a homicidal maniac, General Zaroff. Zaroff got...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2014 10:16 pm UTC

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Borsch is a Ukrainian beet soup often with sausage, potatoes, onions, and cabbage in it. The beets give it a blood red appearance. The significance of General Zaroff eating it when he and Rainsford...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015 1:00 am UTC

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The Gothic elements of the short story create a blood-chilling, eerie mood. From the gargoyle doorknocker to the animal heads as trophies on the wall, the story reeks with elements of the grotesque...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 11:33 pm UTC

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Rainsford hears what he believes to be gunshots as he reclines aboard a yacht on his way to hunt jaguars in the jungles of South America. Just as he reflects on how genuinely "dark" the night is,...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2018 3:20 am UTC

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In Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," while Rainsford converses with General Zaroff, he notices that the general has "the face of an aristocrat" and "a cultivated voice." At the dinner...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2010 10:35 am UTC

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The word "droll" means amusing. Sanger Rainsford is shocked by General Zaroff's declaration that he imports men to the island so that he can hunt them and kill them. When Rainsford tells Zaroff...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 8:46 pm UTC

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General Zaroff is uncivilized because he lures unsuspecting ships to his island with lights that are supposed to indicate safe passage, but do not. Like the Sirens in The Oddysey, Zaroff lures...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2008 10:19 am UTC

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Richard Connell takes his readers on a journey into the depths of the human psyche in his short story "The Most Dangerous Game." The story opens on a yacht in the Caribbean as Sanger Rainsford and...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 2:19 am UTC

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In short, Rainsford denies the existence of feelings in the animals he hunts because he is convinced that since animals allegedly have no reasoning, their lives have lesser value, and there is no...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 1:43 am UTC

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General Zaroff only gives Rainsford a small supply of food and a hunting knife during the most dangerous game. Rainsford is also given a three-hour head start and must survive on Ship-Trap Island...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018 12:43 pm UTC

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You are correct in stating that the main external conflict doesn't begin until the story is about halfway done. That main external conflict is Rainsford's fight for survival against Zaroff. I...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016 2:28 pm UTC

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During Rainsford's first meal with General Zaroff, the general elaborates on his affinity for hunting and mentions that he has hunted nearly every exotic, dangerous animal on the planet. The...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2018 12:46 am UTC

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General Zaroff is classist and racist. A racist is a person who considers those of other races inferior. Zaroff is a racist because he considers people of other races fodder for hunting. A...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 7:13 pm UTC

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Mounted on the walls of the enormous chateau of General Zaroff in Richard Connell’s short story “The Most Dangerous Game” are the heads of animals the general has killed during his myriad hunting...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 2:56 am UTC

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In the story, the General says that a human being is the ideal animal to hunt. He maintains that a human being possesses three traits that an animal does not. First, the human being has the...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018 8:40 pm UTC

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Your map should show Ship-Trap Island in the Caribbean Sea. It will have jagged rocks surrounding the island, a jungle that covers the island, a high bluff near the middle of the jungle with a...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 8:20 pm UTC

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I assume that you are talking about what happens very early in the hunt for Rainsford. This is the part where Rainsford has first run away and tried to leave a confusing trail. Then he has...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010 2:56 am UTC

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