What are some problems in today's society that can be seen in the most dangerous game?

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vmoriarity | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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Although Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" was published in 1924, the story still reflects problems in today's society.  Clearly, some people still presume certain segments of society are inferior and therefore less worthy of human dignity.  While prejudice has lessened for many cultures, others still are impacted by attitudes similar to that of General Zaroff.

"Life is for the strong, to be lived by the strong, and, if needs be, taken by the strong. The weak of the world were put here to give the strong pleasure. I am strong."

General Zaroff's quote clearly summarizes the sentiments of bullies in this world - from those who haunt the halls of local high schools or perpetrators of domestic violence to more powerful politicians and dictators who feel their needs outweigh everyone else's.  While most people today who believe as Zaroff does in "The Most Dangerous Game" tend to confine their behaviors to verbal insults or physical violence that stops short of death, there are still cases where death does indeed occur.

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