He lunged for it, a short, hoarse cry came from his lips as he realized he reached too far and had lost his balance. The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea closed over his head.” In that section of the story, it proves he is brave enough to stand on the railing of a moving ship, but also stupid to reach for a falling pipe. Another example is on page 25, “Rainsford held his breath. The general's eyes had left the ground and were traveling inch by inch up the tree. Rainsford froze there, every muscle tensed for a spring. But the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they reached the limb where Rainsford lay, a smile spread over his brown face.” In this section, it proves that Rainsford can keep his cool in a life or death situation. If I were Rainsford in that moment, I don’t think I would have been able to keep my cool all that well. I very well might have just given myself away so I wouldn’t have to be in that tense moment for very long. To conclude, Rainsford is brave because of his control over his actions.
The short story demonstrates that terror can transform a person from educated to savage. Rainsford starts off as an educated man prior to the hunting, then experiences fear throughout the hunt. The story explores some many techniques like imagery, theme, foreshadowing and fear.
One source of the most significant characteristic of any survivor is Selfish. Rainsford said “I'm a hunter not a murderer, Thank You”. He also said “I will not lose my nerve i will not”. Rainsford is explaining to the general in a very rude way because he doesn't trust the general, he is refusing to hunt a “new animal” aka the man.
Rainsford is an intelligent man. Early in the story, “Rainsford remembered the shots. They had come from the right, and he doggedly swam in that direction” (34). Rainsford had just fallen in the water,
The theme of the hunters and the hunted is conveyed throughout this short story. At the beginning of this story, Rainsford says to his friend Whitney, “The world is made up of two classes-the hunters and the hunted” (Connell 40). This quotation sets a path for the rest of the story, as almost everything from the short story reflects upon this idea. From Rainsford’s point of view, his life only revolves around hunting. He
So, Rainsford is civilized in many ways. Ways including this quote, “Thank you, I’m a hunter, not a murderer.” Said by General Zaroff. He in fact does hunt. But that doesn’t mean he just hunts animals. It makes you think. But, think about it, I mean it is still called hunting and he is civilized because of that fact. Some supporting details would include how Rainsford refused to kill another person. Not including the fact that he had killed Zaroff. But at the beginning of the story or around the middle it shows how Rainsford refuses to kill another actual human being. Also, even though Rainsford will kill animals, he still has a slight sense of humanity because he doesn’t want to take another man’s life unless he felt as if he needed too. And, in this case he did need too because of he didn’t kill General Zaroff he would have
First, rainsford is adventurous man because when he was in the forest getting chased by zaroff. “Whenever rainsford gets to go own a hunting trip he goes to some other place to hunt and that is why he is adventurous( page 1,2).” Rainsford was adventurous because of all of the things he was able to do and survive. Rainsford is Adventurous because he is able to survive and stay away from zaroff. Whenever rainsford was begins chased by zaroff rainsford was climbing a tree to sleep but when he got to the top he saw that zaroff was right under the
He says that quote because he knows how animals get hunted so he would be talking in fear. He says that because he won and he knows how animals really feel when they get hunt so he is talking in completely the challenge. The first quote is “ it sent a shudder of cold horror through his whole being,” (12). The second quote is “I am still a beast at bay,”(15). Rainsford is better person because he how a animals is when it is getting hunted and we won the competition against Zaroff he is a good person because he did not work together with Zaroff for killing people. Rainsford starts to care about animals after he is put in there foot steps for getting hunted the island is still scary nothing change about that and he is a good
He went through a traumatizing thing but he still stayed strong. He never quit. He persevered and stayed strong. He found a way to calm himself down. He calms himself down by promising to never touch a gun again. And when he found out he killed his brother he showed determination by promising not to touch a gun. And he also showed enthusiasm, because he really felt like that decision to not touch a gun was the right thing. So he had passion for what he was doing. He supported himself and that is how he got through his adversity. In “The Most Dangerous Game” it states that, “Rainsford knew he could do one of two things. He could stay where he was and wait. That was suicide. He could flee. That was postponing the inevitable. For a moment he stood there, thinking. An idea that held a wild chance came to him, and, tightening his belt, he headed away from the swamp” (Connell 21). It also says “They would be on him any minute now. His mind worked frantically. He thought of a native trick he had learned in Uganda. He slid down the tree. He caught hold of a springy young sapling and to it he fastened his hunting knife, with the blade pointing down the trail; with a bit of wild grapevine he tied back the sapling. Then he ran for his life. The hounds raised their voices as they hit the fresh scent. Rainsford knew now how an animal at bay feels. He had to stop to get his breath. The baying of the hounds stopped abruptly, and Rainsford's heart stopped too. They must have reached
After falling off the ship, Rainsford swam in the direction of where he heard three gunshots come from. The first thing he notices as he reaches the rocks was the large animal that had went in the underbrush and the blood stained on a patch of weeds. Rainsford then finds a cartridge and realizes that the animal had been shot with a twenty-two. He went on his way looking for something to show him the way to where the “men” he suspected to be on the island were. Just as he was hoping, he found prints of hunting boots. These small details showing how alert, intelligent, and descriptive he is says a lot about the character
Rainsford’s skill of resourcefulness is demonstrated when he uses his resources in the beginning of the hunt. As the hunt begins Rainsford is out in the jungle figuring out a way to create distance between him and General Zaroff. Rainsford does this by creating a confusing trail for Zaroff to follow, Rainsford says, “‘I’ll give him a trail to follow’” as he creates “a series of intricate loops; he doubled on his trail again and again” (Connell 31). One way of being resourceful is using one’s surrounding for his/her benefit, which is shown in this
To live you must overcome challenges, defy odds, and in a mental way and physical way, become a strong person. Zaroff says:“Life is for the strong, to be lived by the strong, and if needs be taken by the strong.” Zaroff believes that in order to live in this world comfortably, you must be strong. The general was tough, he hunted the simplest game to the most dangerous. He was physically strong, but not mentally, he gave in. Rainsford, however, was both. For rainsford to win this game. He needed to be mentally and physically quick, which he is. Zaroff said you need to be strong in life, and Rainsford definitely was. He overcame his challenges and was
Being lost in an island, hungry, and tired is not an everyday thing. So Rainsford being in that situation, had no other choice than except Zaroff’s generosity. Zaroff gave Rainsford clothes, food and, a place to sleep. Zaroff tells Rainsford to join him for dinner, and Rainsford went to the dinner room as told. Sitting down eating there meal. The two men’s starts a conversation and starts to talk about their lives. Zaroff learns a lot of things about Rainsford and so does Rainsford. Rainsford learns that Zaroff is a smart man and a hunter just like him, but Zaroff him hunting people is part of things that he hunts for. Zaroff on another hand learns that Rainsford is a pretty smart, educated man and lastly a hunter.4
Rainsford, from the beginning, reveals his arrogance to the readers. “This hot weather is making you soft, Whitney. Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes - the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are the hunters.” (Connell 63). The context is that Rainsford is speaking with Whitney and he believes that the animals have a sense of understanding and fear, but Rainsford does not. Rainsford is impudent towards his friend by criticizing his beliefs. He is moreover conceited when he places himself in the higher class of society. The protagonist is being insensitive to Whitney and to the living, fearful animals, commencing the separation from morality, shown throughout this short story. The antagonist, General Zaroff, numerously illustrates his hubristic personality.