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The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell. Tema Fodje, Sam Wilson, Mary Kelly Coughlin, Charlotte Britt. “The Most dangerous Game” (1932) Starring: Leslie Banks as General Zaroff Joel McCrea as Bob (Rainsford). Author: Richard Connell.

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the most dangerous game by richard connell
The Most Dangerous GameBy Richard Connell
  • Tema Fodje, Sam Wilson,
  • Mary Kelly Coughlin, Charlotte Britt
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“The Most dangerous Game” (1932)

Starring:

Leslie Banks as General Zaroff

Joel McCrea as Bob (Rainsford)

author richard connell
Author: Richard Connell

Richard Connell(1893-1949): Was an American author and journalist. Became most famous for his short stories one of which was “The Most Dangerous Game”.

plot summary
Plot Summary

An expert hunter, Sanger Rainsford, is on his way to hunt jaguars in South America when a series of unfortunate events causes him to become deserted on Ship-Trap Island. After he discovers a mansion on the island, he comes in contact with Ivan, a deaf-mute servant, and the mansion’s owner, General Zaroff. Zaroff describes his background and his new hunting interest(humans). Zaroff invites Rainsford to hunt humans with him, but when Rainsford declines, he becomes the hunted. Zaroff gives Rainsford until dusk to prepare for the hunt. Over the next couple of days, Rainsford sets up traps; however, none of the defeat Zaroff. One of the traps injures Zaroff’s shoulder and another kills Ivan. Rainsford then decided to jump off the cliff into the ocean to swim around the island , leading Zaroff to believe that Rainsford had died. While Zaroff was out of his room, Rainsford snuck into his house and hid behind the curtains in Zaroff’s room. When the General enters his room, he and Rainsford have a SHOW DOWN. With the stipulation, that whoever wins would get to sleep in Zaroff’s bed . The story ends with “ He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided .”

setting
Setting
  • Place:

A Caribbean island called Ship-Trap Island.

  • Time:

1920s

  • Major world event:

Bolshevik Revolution aka Russian Revolution of 1917.

perspective
Perspective
  • 3rd person limited : The reader finds out information as the protagonist does.
protagonist
Protagonist
  • Sanger Rainsford: expert hunter from New York who winds up becoming the hunted.
antagonist
Antagonist
  • General Zaroff: a former Soviet general, a hunter of many animals including humans.
conflict
Conflict

Man vs. Man: General Zaroff vs. Rainsford.

Zaroff throughout the latter half of the book hunts Rainsford.

rising action
Rising Action
  • Rainsford falls of the boat
  • Rainsford finds the mansion of Ship-Trap Island
  • Rainsford meets General Zaroff and Ivan
  • General Zaroff says he is going to hunt Rainsford.
  • Rainsford sets up traps that do not work
  • Rainsford escapes and jumps off cliff then ending up Zaroff’s room
climax
Climax
  • When Rainsford and General Zaroff come face-to-face in Zaroff’s room.
falling actions
Falling Actions
  • Zaroff and Rainsford have their final fight.
denoument
Denoument

Rainsford defeats(kills) Zaroff and gets to sleep in Zaroff’s bed.

literary devices
Literary Devices

Allusion: “I have played the fox, now I must play the cat of the fable.”(Rainsford)

Paradox:"the world is made up of two classes - the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters“ (Rainsford to Whitney)

Personification: “…a sharp hunger was picking at him.”

Simile: “…moonless Caribbean night… It’s like moist black velvet.”

Metaphor:“ the night would be my eyelids” (Rainsford)

Hyperbole: ”even cannibals wouldn't live in such a God-forsaken place." (Whitney to Rainsford)

Irony: “We do our best to preserve the amenities of civilization here.” (Zaroff)

Oxymoron: The hunter(Rainsford) is hunted.