Analysis Of 'The Most Dangerous Game And Porphyria's Lover'

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“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.” -Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses. Salman Rushdie points are truly stated and are seen in literature work. The two stories “The Most Dangerous Game” and “Porphyria’s Lover”, both portray the characters, General Zaroff and Porphyria’s Lover, as murderers who think they have done nothing wrong. The authors Connell and Browning use conflict and characterization to convey that some find it easy to justify murder. Through the use of external conflict between Zaroff and Rainsford’s hunting prowess, and Porphyria’s Lover strangling Porphyria, the authors show how each can easily justify murder.
Rainsford, the main character, fell off his boat and swam ashore a mysterious island. When he arrived he came across a fortress of sorts, and meet the man in charge, General Zaroff. Zaroff is talking to Rainsford about his past and the island he lives on. Zaroff tells Rainsford about his hunting experiences when he says “Hunting was beginning to bore me! And hunting, remember, had been my life(33).” This is when Zaroff’s internal conflict arises, suffers from ennui in hunting and wants something more of a challenge to kill. He has been hunting for as long as he can remember and every beast he has faced, he overcame and killed it, until there was no animal he couldn’t kill. This is what caused Zaroff to want a challenge, something that “‘must have courage, cunning and, above all, it must be able to reason. (34)’” To this

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