Literary Analysis of the Most Dangerous Game Essay

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Literary Analysis of The Most Dangerous Game Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous explains multiple theories, such as nature versus nurture, and survival of the fittest. This short story also seems to have an underlying theme of Social Darwinism (Of Two Classes). Throughout the entirety of the short story, Connell shows a character change of a main character, Rainsford, who is at a constant battle with General Zaroff, the antagonist. This character change shows the importance of the mindset of characters, and how it can be applied to everyday life. In the beginning and towards the end of the short story, the theory of nature versus nurture becomes apparent. In the beginning when Rainsford is talking to Whitney, Rainsford believes…show more content…
No family or friends of Zaroff are mentioned, and the only emotion he shows in the story is when his doorkeeper, Ivan, is killed by Rainsford. This seems to indicate that Zaroff has no emotional ties to anyone, and puts himself first (Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game). Survival of the fittest is shown throughout the entirety of the story as well. It is the true belief of Zaroff. Zaroff believes that “fittest” is not only the body, but also the mind. He loses interest in his game when it is no longer a challenge. He wanted to hunt something that could predict his next move and make him work for the kill. This is when he decided to hunt humans. Up until the day he hunted Rainsford, he had never met his match. Rainsford used a series of traps, decoys and hiding places in order to outthink and escape Zaroff. The first day that Zaroff did not successfully find Rainsford, he accepted his defeat and thanked Rainsford for the joy of the hunt. When he was struggling to find him, he sent out his hunting dogs with the thought that they would be able to track him down and make his hunt easier for him. He was proved wrong when Rainsford outsmarted him, proving that he was more “fit” than the dogs. (Connell’s The Most
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