Dangerous Game Essay

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Truly The Most Dangerous Game In the story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Conell, Rainsford as a character develops with his outlook on hunting, his humane qualities, and eventually heroic actions. In the beginning of the story Rainsford acts somewhat inhumane towards the animals he hunts. In one section of the story Whitney a friend if Rainsford states “ for the hunter not the jaguar”(Conell) basically saying animals have emotions. Rainsford Laughs at his statement and replies with “ Don’t talk rot Whitney”. “You’re a big game hunter not a Philosopher, who cares how a jaguar feels”(Conell). Though his thoughts begin to change on hunting once he meets the general. Eventually throughout the story Rainsford meets a man named General Zaroff and his perspective on hunting changes. Zaroff loved to hunt ever since he was a kid but had grown bored of hunting animals. Zaroff had wanted more of a challenge so he began hunting men who had stumbled upon the island. Rainsford is sickened by this thought and states, “ I can’t believe your serious, General Zaroff. This is a grisly joke”(Conell). Rainsford also says “Hunting? Great guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder”(Conell). The statement shows that Rainsford thoughts on hunting are beginning to change. It changes even more when Rainsford becomes the hunted and begins to realize how the animal feels. Rainsford now must stop the general to save the lives of many in the future. Rainsford in the beginning had no sympathy for the hunted and seemed like a cruel man. Rainsford though changes to a hero once he faces Zaroff, but Rainsford beats the general at his own game and kills him. With the death of the General, Rainsford had saved the lives of those who would visit the island in the future. This was because Rainsford had shown heroic qualities with his battle against Zaroff. Such as courage, if Rainsford

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