"Who cares how the jaguar feels." This quote was said by Rainsford when he was talking to Whittney in the beginning of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. This quote seems minor but it really helps set up the entire story. This is because Rainsford goes through a transition from always being a hunter, to having to be hunted himself, which makes him the equal to a jaguar. This evaluation is one of many contrasts and comparisons between Rainsford and General Zaroff which I'll be talking about later.
Later in the story, a man named Zaroff, a human hunter, and Rainsford are talking in Zaroff’s chateau “Thank you I’m a hunter not a murderer” Rainsford said to Zaroff (14). Rainsford in this conversation tells how much he cares about hunting and says there’s a difference between those two. As a result, he doesn’t like to be considered a murderer. At the end, Zaroff and Rainsford are at Zaroff’s chateau talking, “I am still a beast at bay, [Rainsford says] in a low, hoarse voice.” (22). No one can hold him back from hunting although Rainsford hunted animals, he probably felt the adrenaline rush of being hunted.
Some characteristics of Naturalism include character’s lives that are dictated by passion, heredity, or instinct, heroic actions, violent deaths, and a plot that has “chronicle of despair” (Campbell). Naturalism shows characteristics of instinct and passion; Burk shows passion when he discovers his love for the woods after John Thorton saves his life. Burk also shows instinct when he becomes the alpha of his dog pack and later when he reverts from being loyal to John Thorton back to being wolf-like. Another situation where Buck shows instinct is when he fought with Spitz, “He fought by instinct but he could fight by head as well” (London 34.) This shows that Buck could judge when to use instinct or smarts.
To begin, "Certain facts about the animals which formed the quarry of the medieval huntsman...and certain popular beliefs about their habits and temper" (Savage 32) will allow the reader to draw parallels between the hunt, happening outside the castle; and the "hunt" happening inside the castle between Gawain and the Lady of the house. Insight is provided by understanding the attitude the
Napoleon used the dogs as a way to get rid of Snowball and take control of Animal Farm. Napoleon also uses his intelligence to take advantage of the animals on Animal Farm who are not as knowledgeable. For instance, “Muriel read the Commandment for her. It ran: “No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.” Somehow or other the last two words had slipped out of the animals’ memory” (98). Napoleon, knowing well enough that the animals were not as educated as he was, took advantage of their stupidity.
He slowly climbs the ladder and later becomes Chief by convincing the boys that a “beast” exists on the island. He effectively manipulates the boys into thinking that there is a beast (even though he knows it probably does not exist) by using totalitarian methods so that they will join his tribe for protection. He demonstrates Lord Acton’s belief that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” < http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Lord_Acton > The only boy to realize that the beast is not real, but rather a representation of the evil that is inherent in human nature, is Simon. This is fully exposed when he confronts the Lord of the Flies, when it said to him through hallucination, “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you?
This makes villagers seems foolish and would rather accept what has happened than prevent it from happening again. Lovecraft implements dark mood a second time when “little Atal… [sees] all the cats of Ulthar...in a circle around the cottage…as if in performance,” (2) as if performing some kind of odd ritual. This is followed by “and though they feared [the old couple], they preferred not to chide the old cotter”. (2) This is yet another proof that the villagers let their fears get in the way of doing what is right, and as a result of this inaction, pitiful Menes loses his beloved pet kitten. Another point supporting this is made through foreshadowing, when it is stated that, after the disappearance of all the cats in the village, “every cat was back at his accustomed hearth”.
Outdoor chess, “it implies that the hunter , huntee roles have changed . Rainsford is now the animal that can reason as general Zaroff wanted . “ I wanted the ideal animal to hunt … It must have courage, cunning and above all it must be able to reason.” Now this being said , General Zaroff has turned into the hunter who will be hunting the huntee , Rainsford. As Rainsford goes throughout the jungle trying to save his life he must use natural resources to protect his self and survive. Such as the trees in the May lay man catcher, and the quicksand and sticks in the Burmese Tiger Pit.
To General Zaroff it means nothing. He sees humans merely as animals and believes they may be hunted as such simply so he can rid himself of his boredom. Being of noble decent he values some people’s lives more than others as he sees himself and others of a similar status to be above some others, which is made clear when Zaroff states “‘I hunt the scum of the earth—sailors from tramp ships—lascars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels’” (19). However, he has no qualm
But they all agree that when they take time to think about it deeply, there is something repulsive about treating humble animals this way. What does this say about human beings when we enjoy seeing pain? As St Francis of Assisi once said “If you have men who will exclude any of god's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” The way we treat animals reflects the way we treat each other. You might say our ancestors have been doing it for years well a lot of things have change we’ve learned it’s wrong to urinate on the street well it’s wrong to use animals in this way. The society is changing rapidly I know that a lot of things are being done to help put a stop to molesting animals this way, but we need to act faster.