The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Edward Connell

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Who wins the "most dangerous game"? Support your answer with evidence from "The Most Dangerous Game."

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The obvious answer is that Rainsford wins, because he survives the game. He kills Zarroff and Isaac. On the other hand, you could also argue that Zaroff wins because he turns Rainsford into a killer. Rainsford kills Zaroff after he won, when he is possibly in no danger. Of course, you could argue that he was in danger anyway because Zaroff might have killed him.

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The winner of The Most Dangerous Game is you, the reader. You were able to put aside the important and unimportant things in your day and make some time to read one of the most tightly-plotted, succinct, fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping short stories ever written, and with luck, you came out the other end changed for the better; a better understanding of short-story mechanics; a better understanding of some age-old hunting techniques; a better understanding of the drive to live at any cost; and perhaps, a better appreciation for your life in a world where you will probably not be hunted for sport by a madman.

Probably.

(Yeah, the previous posters got all the good literary answers already.)

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I would agree with post 5 that no one really wins. Rainsford manages to defeat Zaroff, but at what cost? He has gone through a terrible ordeal and it has changed him considerably. He is against murder in the beginning and appalled at Zaroff's game. Eventually, he has to kill Ivan and several dogs. Finally, he kills Zaroff and spends a peaceful night in Zaroff's bed. He is so changed from the character we saw in the beginning. Now he is able to murder a man and sleep soundly in his bed. I think we have to say that no one comes out of the most dangerous game a winner.

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In context of a hunt and of a game, which is the context of the story in accord with how Zaroff sets his part of the world up, then Rainsford is the clear winner. The difficulty arises when the win is viewed through a moral glass, whcih is precisely the point made by Connell: disregard for humankind's humanity--to focus only on humankind's scientific definition as part of the animal kingdom--is immoral.

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I think this question can be debated, as #2 makes clear. Firstly, Rainsford's triumph over Zaroff clearly would lead us to suggest that he is the winner of "the most dangerous game." He successfully manages to trick Zaroff, killing him at the end showing his greater skill over Zaroff as a hunter.

However, I would like to suggest that there are actually no "winners." Rainsford, in spite of his moral objections to hunting humans as game, actually goes on to play the game very well, compromising on his own belief that humans should not hunt each other by killing Zaroff. In this way, therefore, we could argue that this short story suggests that there are no winners; only losers.

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rainsford wins the game. although the hunt wa initial challenge.consedering rainsford running over three days through the woods understanding what is like to be the game .i would hope rainsford would lose his desire to hun animals

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wendell14 | Student

rainsford wins the game and he slept in zaroffs confy bed

 

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Aside from the obvious observation that Rainsford wins the game by staying alive and beating Zaroff at his game, there is an underlying reason why Rainsford could have lost.

When Rainsford enters Zaroff's home and they begin to discuss "The Most Dangerous Game", Rainsford makes it perfectly clear that participating in this game would go against what he thinks is right as well as socity's morals. Once Rainsford wins the game and apparently kills Zaroff, we can see that Rainsford went against his morals. He also did this by killing Ivan.

"Hunting? Good God, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder."

 

In, there are many ways to look at this story and its up to you to decide who truley won.

 

 

 

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