The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Edward Connell

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What are the conflicts of the story "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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The primary conflict in “The Most Dangerous Game” can be considered one of man vs. man, as big game hunter Rainsford attempts to outrun and outwit the sadistic Zaroff, who hunts humans for sport. This conflict also includes elements of man vs. nature, as Rainsford is at the mercy of the elements on Ship-Trap Island and tries to use his jungle surroundings to his advantage. In addition, a man vs. self conflict is present in that Rainsford struggles with his own fear and with how best to win this “most dangerous game.”


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The main conflict in "The Most Dangerous Game" centers on Rainsford being forced to take part in a deadly hunt against Zaroff and Ivan.  Zaroff has been looking for a human who was worthy of his skill and prowress, so you can imagine his delight at finding someone as good as Rainsford to hunt.  According to the rules of the game, Rainsford is given a head start, and his goal is to basically survive and not let Zaroff kill him.

The conflict continues as the two face off in what ends up being a very interesting battle of wits and skill.  The first night, Zaroff catches Rainsford by spotting him in...

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Human vs Nature:
Rainsford is first encounters this when he falls overboard into the sea;
then he must survive in the jungle and the elements within it - including the quicksand and easily imprinted grass, with only his skill of creating traps for animals

Man vs Society: Zaroff, who grew bored of hunting the wild, began hunting man, lathough it is against the perspective of normal society (represented by Rainsford's feelings regarded as "naive" by Zaroff)

Human vs. Human: Rainsford vs Zaroff and Ivan (the hunt), forced to use his reasoning and knowledge in traps to outsmart Zaroff as he participates in Zaroff's hunt

Man vs self: Rainsford ran without thought as soon as the gate closed in fear and panic (before he regained his calm)
he also is forced onto the other side of the scope within the hunt; a game he participated prior to the story's events without consideration of the feelings of the animals he's hunted.

jyang2022 | Student

Hi I am John yang in 5th grade from Chadwick international. These are my opinions about the conflicts of TMDG.

1. Man vs Man

In this story the game is Rainsford and the predator is General Zaroff. They are both competing each other with their skills and stamina.

2. Man vs nature

When he escapes from general zaroff, he jumps into the water and swims. I think that's the part where its water vs Rainsford.

parama9000 | Student

Zaroff was forced to face off with Rainford ultimately when the three obstacles failed to get him. Human VS Human

The reason why Rainsford gets into this mess. Human VS Self

maria-vivanco | Student

Human vs. Human:

Obviously its Rainsford vs. Zaroff. Zaroff is out to hunt Rainsford and wants to kill him. They are against each other, hunting each other. 

Human vs. self

Well the thing that gets Rainsford in trouble is his pride. 

pudding4563 | Student

Bendawm was correct, except the ship didn't wreck. Rainsford fell overboard and nobody heard his desperate cries for help.

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g0bananas | Student

Character vs. Self- When Rainsford is internally debating the decisions as he is hoping to survive, like what to do when he is up the tree and General Zaroff is under him.

Character vs. Character- When Rainsford is fighting against General Zaroff in order to live, and the debate between them about humanity.

Character vs. Society- General Zaroff treats life as a game, "God made me a hunter," He got bored of hunting animals so he moved to humans. The title kind of suggests this.

Character vs. Nature-When Rainsfor is running in the jungle to beat General Zaroff in order to live. Also when he decides to swim, he is vs. the water, and the unknown in the water and jungle.

Character vs. Animal- When Rainsford is setting the trap and running from the dogs.

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g0bananas | Student

Character vs. Self- When Rainsford is internally debating the decisions as he is hoping to survive, like what to do when he is up the tree and General Zaroff is under him.

Character vs. Character- When Rainsford is fighting against General Zaroff in order to live, and the debate between them about humanity.

Character vs. Society- General Zaroff treats life as a game, "God made me a hunter," He got bored of hunting animals so he moved to humans. The title kind of suggests this.

Character vs. Nature-When Rainsfor is running in the jungle to beat General Zaroff in order to live. Also when he decides to swim, he is vs. the water, and the unknown in the water and jungle.

Character vs. Animal- When Rainsford is setting the trap and running from the dogs.

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kellif | Student

well i have no idea(:

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