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The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Edward Connell

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How would you rewrite the ending to "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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In rewriting the ending of "The Most Dangerous Game," one might consider imagining what would have happened if the duel between Zaroff and Rainsford at the end had gone differently. For instance, one might write that “the hounds had never tasted a better meal than Rainsford.”

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There are many ways one could go about rewriting the ending of "The Most Dangerous Game." For example, consider what would have happened if Rainsford had not survived or not faked his own death. Or, consider what would happen if the last scene with the final duel between General Zaroff and Rainsford had gone differently. In the story, when Zaroff spots Rainsford in his room, he tells him he won. But Rainsford tells him he is still "a beast," which implies that he wants to fight. In rewriting the ending, one might consider what would have happened if Rainsford had not said this and what winning would have looked like if Zaroff had lived.

In the story, Zaroff is excited at Rainsford's attitude and says to him,

One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this excellent bed duel and whoever wins will sleep in his 'very excellent bed.'

After the duel begins, there is an ellipsis followed by the closing line,

He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided.

This last scene implies that Zaroff and Rainsford fought to the death and that Rainsford emerged the victor. In rewriting the story, one may choose to depict the duel to show how Rainsford defeated Zaroff or perhaps choose to have Rainsford lose. One might also consider writing that one of the men was fed to the dogs to imply who won and who lost, instead of depicting the winner in the excellent bed.

For example, this new ending might include lines like the following: "The hounds had never tasted better food than the body of …”

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Write an alternate ending to the Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game."

IN the actual ending of Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," Sanger Rainsford is successful at beating General Zaroff. Zaroff allows his "prey" three days to allude him. If his "prey" is successful, he states that the prey will be set free. To this point in Zaroff's games, he has never lost (up until his challenge with Rainsford). 

Given that Rainsford is able to beat, and kill, Zaroff in the original text, an alternative ending would reverse who the victor is. Therefore, a possible alternative ending would have Zaroff finding success over Rainsford. 

Another possible ending could extend Connell's ending. One could set Rainsford as the new hunter in Zaroff's game. In this ending, one could expand upon Rainsford's role as the new hunter, how his mindset has changed, and what his plans are for his "most dangerous game." 

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