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What is the theme for "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell?  

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As you can tell from the previous posts, this story has more than one theme. I'll add two new themes to the discussion. I believe that this story has a theme about the difference between murder and hunting. Rainsford and Zaroff have opinions on this matter that are polar opposites.  Rainsford sees a clear difference between hunting animals and hunting humans. Rainsford doesn't even see what Zaroff does as hunting. Rainsford sees it as murder.

"Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder."

Zaroff, on the other hand, doesn't see what he's doing as murder. He believes that he is hunting. The only difference for Zaroff is that his new prey can reason.

That brings up a second theme. There is a theme about the difference between instinct and reason. This theme is introduced early on in the story. Whitney and Rainsford are both...

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mrm216 | Student

Hunting is hunting no matter what is being hunted.

smarts1989 | Student

wouldnt that be a subject.