Desire for Competition in Coriolanus by Shakespeare and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connells

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He Is a Lion That I am Proud to Hunt

To take an individuals life is deemed as one of the severest crimes that one can commit. Why is it that something comprehensively thought to be as “immoral” among others is still exceedingly common? In order to live and understand the behavior of the community that surrounds us, we plan our own thoughts, capabilities and perceptions on others. We are, as individuals, aware of our positions within a civilization, but often times allow our emotions to take control of us and blame our treacherous decisions based on others. The readings Coriolanus and The Most Dangerous Game can both be used in comparison when relating threatening crimes because of human behavior. Since Coriolanus and The Most Dangerous
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Aufidius desire to compete with Coriolanus is based on his background for combat and conflict, which in turn instigates inspiration to seek revenge towards Coriolanus after losing battle to him several times. Aufidius continued to pursue a hunt towards Coriolanus due to Coriolanus’ betrayal toward Aufidius after they had joined forces. This underlying need for competition that can be seen in both pieces is the cause for much conflict between the characters, and gives them justification towards their actions.

The idea of a hunt or competition within characters in both Coriolanus and The Most Dangerous Game can be seen as a source for jealousy and envy. Reputation is of great importance to all characters and it is a theme on which they rely on to gain respect and frighten their enemies. However, jealousy of characters reputation or status may begin to cause conflicts within other characters, Aufidius for example. This first started to prevail with his jealousy toward Coriolanus, for several successful victories over the Volscians. This remains when Coriolanus is exiled and approaches Aufidius to join forces with him after Coriolanus convinces him "That [his] revengeful services may prove / As benefits to thee" (Shakespeare 4.5.89-91). Aufidius quickly begins to have second thoughts about his alliance with his former adversary, as his soldiers have begun to show more
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