What does the passage suggest about Rainsford's character in The Most Dangerous Game? Explain.
This is the passage: "Now he had got a grip on himself, had stopped, and was taking stock of himself and the situation. He saw that straight flight was futile; inevitably it would bring him face to face with the sea. He was in a picture with a frame of water, and his operations, clearly, must take place within that frame."
To me, this passage first shows Rainsford as a man who does not fight the facts, and that is a powerful lesson for all of us, isn't it? When we find ourselves in a situation in which we have no control of most of the variables, we will often say, "Oh, if this were just a little different," and that prevents us from solving the problem. We cannot think creatively when we fight the facts. And that is the second aspect that this passage shows, that Rainsford is a man who can think creatively, because he does not waste time fighting the facts. Interestingly, while we often refer to this as "thinking outside the box," Rainsford, in viewing himself as in a picture "framed by water," is able to solve the problem by thinking creatively within the box.
To me, this passage is meant to show Rainsford's strength of character. This is a "real man."
This passage occurs right at the beginning of the hunt. Rainsford realizes what is happening to him but he does not panic. He does not feel sorry for himself. Instead, he firmly controls himself and he figures out what he needs to do.
This is one of the reasons I liked this story so much when I was 12 or so. Rainsford is standing up to terrible danger and he is doing it like a really tough and determined man -- at that age I wanted to be just like that.