Zaroff is purely unconscious, and has no compassion or remorse for his actions. His demented mind forces him to believe that it is moral to hunt all living creatures, when in reality he is actually murdering a human soul. The general is sadistic as well as arrogant. He is mentally unstable, insane, and he denies the fact that he is committing something as bad as what he is doing. According to General Zaroff, hunting for him has been consumed by boredom and he no longer sees hunting as a challenge. Consequently, he chooses to hunt a certain “creature” with a higher mental stability of the creatures he has hunted before.(Connell 21) As Zaroff became comfortable with Rainsford, he
In the short story” The Most Dangerous Game,” Rainsford was justified in killing General Zaroff. Rainsford and Zaroff are hunters who came upon ShipTrap island the two had different aspects of hunting zaroff lost interested in killing animals and thought of another hunting activity to do he called it The Most Dangerous Game what he does is hunt humans and one day he challenged Rainsford to the hunting challenge either be hunt and killed or stay alive, so Rainsford had to kill him. Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought, Whoever is guilty of murder in the first degree shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for life; Whoever is guilty of murder in the second degree, shall be imprisoned for any
“Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game” (Rodrigues). Hunting is unfair. Only one of the side knows what’s going on while the other side is completely clueless and is unprepared for anything when this side is going to lose. A sport also called a game, is fair and harder to win since both sides know what’s going on like a game. However, in The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell, General Zaroff provides items and information to Sanger Rainsford to turn hunting into a sport. In order to win the sport, Rainsford must defeat General Zaroff. Although Rainsford opposes General Zaroff's ideas of hunting, Rainsford and General Zaroff are skillful to play the game.
In “The Most Dangerous Game”, Rainsford is terrified to find that General Zaroff is actually a murder. Rainsford is listening intently to the new “species” that General Zaroff is describing as hunt for his game. General Zaroff has a passion and has become obsessed with hunt because it “had been (his) life”, but sadly “hunting was beginning to bore (him)”. He was eager to continue hunting because of how much he enjoyed it. He needed a new way to satisfy himself while still involving himself in hunting. He decided to go to the extremity of killing people to satisfy himself and make him find new excitement in the one hobby that used to be his life and his source of happiness. General Zaroff’s love and passion for hunting cause him to kill and murder because hunting animals was not satisfying him anymore. Rainsford realizes that he is in the presence of a murderer and when General Zaroff is describing how he has found a new hunt for killing Rainsford figures out that “what (General Zaroff) speak of is murder”. While Zaroff is defending himself by saying that he is not murdering, he does not realize that he sounds foolish because he is saying that he has fallen in love with hunting of humans’ The idea that someone is no joke, but General Zaroff thinks “it’s a game”. Consequently, General Zaroff’s dark side comes through because his love for hunting
Underestimation and cruel actions lead to many things. In “The Most Dangerous Game,” author Richard Connell reveals a conflict between the main characters, General Zaroff and Rainsford. Rainsford was to play the most dangerous game created by Zaroff, because the only way to survive, is to win it, otherwise death is the only other option. As demonstrated through the use of personification, symbolism, and repetition in the story, it conveys that one should understand to never underestimate another person and remember that there will always be a consequence for the wicked things that one has done.
General Zaroff is clearly not under control with his hunting habits. General Zaroff creates for himself, a dangerous hunting game. More dangerous than all the rest, an animal can reason and feel.This animal is a human. The general has gone over the edge. By following his instincts and making his desires reality, general Zaroff now has access to this dangerous game. He hunts and kills them with a pistol, disregards their feelings, and treats them like animals. Some people, such as Rainsford, have decided that obeying the law and sticking to the principles is better than following nature. Rainsford says,“Thank you, I'm a hunter not a murderer.” Rainsford chooses to be civil and lawful. Rainsford quite obviously has more control over his actions than the general. The general gives into his dark side and gives into his guilty desire to hunt animal that has reason, courage, and cunningness. Rainsford chooses not to because he knows wrong from right. But perhaps, when dealing with your human nature you must succumb to your darkest
In the story “The Most Dangerous Game” man versus man is one of the biggest conflicts. In the story it is Rainsford versus General Zaroff. Zaroff challenges Rainsford to a game, a hunting game. General Zaroff will try and hunt Rainsford. Zaroff use to hunt animals but he got bored of it, so he moved on to hunt humans. Zaroff lived on a island and it was surrounded by rocks. He put two lights on the two largest rocks indicating that was a safe way to go for ships because there were no rocks in between them, but it was a trap, in between the the two large rocks where more rocks. So the ships would sink and the sailors would swim to the island where Zaroff would hunt them. When Rainsford found out about this he was disgusted. Rainsford says to General Zaroff, “‘Hunting? Great guns, General Zaroff what you speak of is murder’”(7). But Rainsford had to either pick Zaroff’s hunting game or be tortured by Ivan. Rainsford chose to play the game with General Zaroff and the General was very happy because Rainsford was also a hunter so it was a challenge for him. While Rainsford was being hunted he made traps, the traps never managed to kill Zaroff, they killed his best hunting dog and Ivan. The man vs man conflict gives this
In this story “The Most Dangerous Game” By Richard Connell there is a General named Zaroff who was a hunter. Zaroff thought the the most dangerous game was hunting people. The man that was being hunted was named Rainsford. He had fallen off his ship, and swam to the island, and then found Zaroff. There are many parts in this story, and I wanted to tell you about it. Zaroff has done this “hunting” thing for many years. Now there is one man that is going to stop him.
He not only hunts humans and kills them for sport, but enjoys doing so. After all, the general only sees humans as beasts to be hunted. Zaroff does not even see his right-hand man, Ivan, as a human being, for he professes here, "Like all his [Ivan's] race, a bit of a savage. He is a Cossack . . . So am I."(Connell 24) This not only displays General Zaroff's opinion of his servant, but his own point of view regarding most human beings. However, General Zaroff does not only exercise every meaning of cruelty in a physical sense, but utilizes it in a psychological sense as well. Because of this psychological warfare that Zaroff wages against Rainsford, he fails to kill Rainsford the first, second, and third night. As an additional note, Zaroff also pushed Rainsford to the point where Rainsford would not give up on taking Zaroff's life, even if it meant that Rainsford would have to stoop to the level of morality known as murder. For an example of this internal game Zaroff plays with Rainsford, Connell wrote, "The general's eyes had left the ground and were traveling inch by inch up the tree. . . the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they reached the limb where Rainsford lay; a smile spread over his brown face."(Connell 32) This means that Zaroff knew that Rainsford was there, yet did not kill him for an unspecified reason. Those few actions could be overconfidence, or it could be General
Sanger Rainsford is a civil man who respects human life in the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” written by Richard Connell. Rainsford thinks killing humans for sport is inhumane and murderous. On the other hand Zaroff is unintelligent, overconfident and finds hunting humans for sport is normal and entertaining. Rainsford also being knowledgeable and polite and is proved multiple times in the text by quotes, details and thoughts of Rainsford and General Zaroff.
I am speaking of hunting.” “Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder.” (10) (AN) In this quote, General Zaroff displays his relaxed and carefree attitude towards the killing of other human beings in this quote by the implied connotation of his words. By having such nonchalant tone on such an insidious viewpoint proves that Zaroff has a much different mindset than mainstream society who views his actions as sinister. Zaroff’s internal aspirations and ideas on murder are very present in his non-conformist style of “hunting.” (Trans) While hunting Zaroff also shows his motivations for doing so. (CD) During the first day of the hunt Zaroff unknowingly has Rainsford cornered up a tree, however, once Zaroff sees Rainsford he pretends not to notice, “It was General Zaroff. He made his way along with his eyes fixed in concentration … the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they reached the limb where Rainsford lay; a smile spread over his brown
Have you ever heard of a “predator vs. prey” relationship. In this short story The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell. The main character Sanger Rainsford, the protagonist, is a venturesome big-game hunter who is faced with many life or death situations on Ship-Trap Island, this island is somewhere in the Caribbean. The year that the events in the story are not stated but one can conclude that it takes place after WWI. At the beginning of the story, Rainsford starts out being selfish and arrogant, then later in the story he becomes hunted as prey, but at the ending of the story Rainsford becomes a cold-hearted killer, these actions that he committed makes Rainsford who he really is.
A man hunting humans because he is bored with hunting animals! On Ship-Trap Island humans are being hunted by another human. General Zaroff is one of the main characters in “The Most Dangerous Game” written by Richard Connell. Zaroff encounters a surprise when he notices that Rainsford has appeared on his island. General Zaroff is a self-centered, psychotic and cruel man which ends up leading to his death.
It has been a week since the hunting game between Rainsford and General Zaroff ended. Rainsford has been hunting on the Ship-Trap Island this whole time, and he is planning on going back home to bring his family to the island, so they could live together.