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“The Most Dangerous Game”

“The Most Dangerous Game”. Plot Format Characterization Theme Mood Tone. Plot Format. Conflict. Man vs. Man Man vs. Nature Man vs. Himself. Climax. Rainsford hides in Zaroff’s Room. Exposition. Setting — Ship Trap Island Protagonist — Rainsford Antagonist — Zaroff

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“The Most Dangerous Game”

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  1. “The Most Dangerous Game” Plot Format Characterization Theme Mood Tone

  2. Plot Format

  3. Conflict Man vs. Man Man vs. Nature Man vs. Himself

  4. Climax Rainsford hides in Zaroff’s Room

  5. Exposition Setting—Ship Trap Island Protagonist—Rainsford Antagonist—Zaroff Situation—Hunter on a yacht

  6. Rising Action Rainsford swims to Ship Trap Island Rainsford is hunted by Zaroff Rainsford jumps over the cliff to escape Zaroff

  7. Falling Action Rainsford and Zaroff fight

  8. Resolution Rainsford kills Zaroff

  9. Plot

  10. Character Analysis of Rainsford Characterization

  11. Connell uses Indirect Characterization to develop Rainsford Rainsford is an excellent hunter Rainsford has written a book about hunting. Rainsford recognizes the cartridge that he picks up as that of a twenty-two caliber gun. Rainsford sets traps for Zaroff. Rainsford is the only person to survive the game with Zaroff.

  12. Rainsford doesn’t view hunting animals as murder. • He says animals don’t understand fear. • He says that Zaroff is a murderer because he hunts people.

  13. Connell uses indirect characterization to develop Zaroff Zaroff is an excellent hunter No one has survived his game so far. He is no longer challenged by hunting animals. He has read lots of books about hunting.

  14. Zaroff is sophisticated and refined. • He has read books about hunting that were written in English, French and Russian. • He hums a tune from an opera. • He lives in a well decorated Chateau (oaken panels, high ceiling, vast refectory table). • He serves a sophisticated, refined meal to Rainsford.

  15. Connell uses direct characterization to develop Zaroff Zaroff is either evil or animalistic thick black eyebrows and pointed black moustache black, bright eyes at one point dead, black eyes at another point curious, red-lipped smile

  16. Rainsford is motivated by the desire to stay alive If Zaroff catches him he will be killed.

  17. Zaroff is motivated by the desire to be challenged in the hunt Animals had ceased to challenge him. Rainsford had presented the best challenge yet.

  18. Rainsford is a dynamic character At the beginning he believes that animals don’t feel any fear. Once he is hunted and feels fear he says he knows how animals feel. When he confronts Zaroff at the end Rainsford tells Zaroff that he is still a beast at bay -- he has adopted an animal mentality. **Important Slide**

  19. Universal Theme In order to fully understand others, we must first walk in their shoes.

  20. The mood is suspenseful Name of the island -- Ship-Trap all the references to darkness the chase

  21. Connell’s tone is straightforward and non-judgmental Connell doesn’t show bias toward Rainsford or Zaroff. He doesn’t judge Zaroff’s game or Rainsford’s opinion of hunted animals. He doesn’t comment on the events of the story. He chooses a third person limited point of view and remains within that context.

  22. Info to know for quiz • The first conflict Rainsford faces • How many traps and what kind of traps Rainsford sets for Zaroff • What quality does Zaroff want in his prey • How long does Rainsford have to survive • What is the final conflict in the story

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