Comparison and Contrast Between "The Most Dangerous Game" and "The Child by Tiger"

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As individuals who long to have relationships with others, it is vital to consider the underlying character and moral compass that each possess. As evidenced in “The Child by Tiger” and “The Most Dangerous Game,” one realizes the ability for change or controversy of any individuals nature on the service. In Thomas Wolfe’s “The Child by Tiger” and Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game,” the characters Dick Prosser and General Zaroff differ; however, they both lead lives characterized by contradiction and corruption. Dick Prosser (protagonist) leads a very simple life in a time period where there is much racial tension between blacks and whites. He is a black servant for a white family, the Sheppertons; he makes his home in the…show more content…
This arrogant and hardhearted individual is far from the kind and hospitable character portrayed at the beginning of the story. The way Prosser and Zaroff’s characters are depicted when first introduced is not at all who these men prove to be. Thus, both Zaroff and Prosser lead lives of contradiction. Prosser’s motive for murder is out of anger for the racial discrimination he faces from the towns people. On one occasion while driving through town, a drunken white man in another car hit Prosser. Quickly the man stormed over to Prosser and hit him repeatedly. Prosser did not retaliate, “the Negro took it full in the face again; his hands twitched slightly, but he did not move (p. 3).” If he hit the man back, there may have been serious consequences, possibly losing his life because of his race. Another motive which may have lead Prosser to kill could have been jealousy of Pansy’s husband. Pansy is the cook for the Shepperton family. This is not stated in the text but could be implied since her husband was the first person that Prosser killed on his murderous rampage through town. Prosser and Pansy are said never to speak or look at each other. The conclusion drawn from this could be that Pansy and Prosser had previous relations that ended poorly, yet Prosser’s feelings for her may have never subsided. Therefore, jealousy may have been another motive that drove him to kill. Zaroff’s motive for killing, on the other hand, is
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