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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Leslie Banks as General Zaroff
Joel McCrea as Bob (Rainsford)
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”.
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 .”
A Caribbean island called Ship-Trap Island.
Bolshevik Revolution aka Russian Revolution of 1917.
Man vs. Man: General Zaroff vs. Rainsford.
Zaroff throughout the latter half of the book hunts Rainsford.
Rainsford defeats(kills) Zaroff and gets to sleep in Zaroff’s bed.
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.