Comparison of Themes in In The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne both stories have very different themes. Brown is a man that has followed the right path all his life suddenly is challenged to face temptaion and ending all his curosity. He decides to go into the forest to face the devil. In Richard Connell's short story he centers his theme around how far peoople will go when they fear for their life, people will do anything to survive. I. Young Goodman Brown A. The weakness of public morality B. The inevitable loss of innocence and the fear of the wilderness II. The Most Dangerous Game A. Effects of war B. Reason versus Instinct Brown has to face some of the same problems that…show more content…
Both of them have seemed to have different war experiences. Rainsford is in the position of being hunted. Connell also suggests that Zaroff's martial experiences altered him and allowed him to think of other people as worthy prey. Connell is showing the hunter and the prey how to kill or to be killed. The story consists of lots of violence as he hunts for humans. The author wants us to see the cruelty in the hunting for animals, or humans. He shows reason and instinct through Rainsford's friend Whitney, who asserts that animals instinctively feel fear and then confesses that Captain Neilson's description of Ship-Trap Island has given him chills. Rainsford realized that all creatures, including people, rely on fear and their instinct to survive to avoid pain and death. Rainsford was a committed and determined survivor he just does not give up. Being a good hunter meant that he had the ability to improvise and take risks. Goodman Brown could be anyone and the author is simply stating that this is a common problem that everyone will have to deal with at some point in time in their life. Its always easier to stray away from the good path. It’s the nature of evil, the hypocrisy in people, and the decisions that we make. While many people may blame religion when it’s a path that was chosen. Goodman Brown losses his wife Faith, his faith in salvation, and his faith in man. General Zaroff attempts to justify

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