Zaroff finds him easily, but decides to play with him like a cat would a mouse, standing underneath the tree Rainsford is hiding in, smoking a cigarette, and then abruptly departing. After the failed attempt of eluding Zaroff, Rainsford builds a Malay man-catcher, a weighted log attached to a trigger. This contraption injures Zaroff's shoulder, causing him to return home for the night, but not before he shouts out that Rainsford laid a good trap that few hunters can make. The next day Rainsford creates a Burmese tiger pit, which kills one of Zaroff's hounds. He sacrifices his knife to make a Ugandan knife trap; Ivan is killed when he stumbles into this trap and the knife plunges into his heart. To escape Zaroff and his approaching hounds, Rainsford dives off a cliff into the sea; Zaroff, disappointed at Rainsford's suicide, returns home. While enjoying a celebratory dinner, Zaroff is preoccupied with two issues: Ivan would be hard to replace and that Rainsford had evaded his
The story “The Most Dangerous Game” begins by introducing two characters; Whitney and Rainsford. We automatically find out that they are on a yacht talking of an island named “Ship-Trap Island”, a place that sailors dread and avoid. The two men, Whitney and Rainsford falls off the yacht after the sound of gun shots steal his attention. Rainsford swims toward the gunshots then hears the screeching sound of an animal. Finally, Rainsford reaches the rocky shore and falls asleep. When Rainsford awakens he sets out to find food but ends up finding an empty rifle cartridge and human footprints. Rainsford follows the footprints and runs into hunters Ivan and General Zaroff.
He was ravenous! Rainsford looked around happily because of the gunshots he had heard the night before. Rainsford thought astutely that if there are people on the island, there also is to be access to food. Rainsford got up and looked around at his surroundings, checking for anything that would be useful. He found the footprints of hunting boots along the path, and proceeded to follow them back to a gigantic building. Rainsford knocked on the door of the building and an immense creature had answered it. Rainsford introduced himself to the creature and a man came to the door. The man introduced himself as general Zaroff and introduced the large creature as Ivan. Ivan was a deaf creature, therefore he did not answer when Rainsford introduced himself and said hello. General Zaroff then invited Rainsford into his house. He was fond of that idea, and so he entered. Zaroff then has Ivan show Rainsford to a room where he can dress for dinner with him. Rainsford had noticed that the halls were all filled with heads as trophies of the animals he has killed. At dinner, Zaroff explains how he now hunts far more dangerous prey so he can have a more “fun” game. At first, Rainsford was very confused. Soon, Rainsfords confusion turned to horror as he realized that Zaroff was talking about humans. Yes, general Zaroff now hunts humans for a better thrill. The next day, Rainsford demands to leave the island at once but general Zaroff refused to let him
Although, the only way Zaroff allowed was to take part in his game or get turned over to Ivan. Rainsford prepares for the hunt and on the following day they set out into the jungle. During the hunt, he makes many traps such as false trails, a Malayan mancatcher, a covered pit of wooden stakes, and a knife tied to a sapling. Throughout the hunt, Rainsford becomes creative of using his resources and figures out how to trick the mind of others. For the trail, Zaroff found Rainsford pretty quickly but wanted to enjoy the hunt so he lets him go. The Malay mancatcher only injures Zaroff’s shoulder but usually kills, which made the hunt harder. The wooden stakes trap kills one of Zaroff's best dogs, impressing Zaroff of Rainsford’s skills but makes sure he needs to improve ending Rainsford because that dog was really important to him. The knife tied to the sapling kills Ivan however, Zaroff’s has little to no care of losing his guard rather than losing his best hunting tool. During the hunt, Rainsford and Zaroff trade places of who is the hunter and the huntees. Rainsford fully experiences the fear of being hunted when being held at the edge of the cliff by dogs. He pants ”Nerve, nerve, nerve” ( Connell 14 par. 7) struggling trying not to get killed. Rainsford finally jumps off the cliff and swims around the island to get back to the chateau because it was quicker than walking through. When Zaroff
After the General allows small glimpses into his psyche, the fact that he is a disturbed person is temporarily forgotten about as the battle between him and Rainsford begins. In “Hunters in the Snow”, the situation with the shooting occurs early on, but the main focus of the story then transfers to the characters' and their issues for the remainder of the story. Rainsford is the typical hero: He is clever and moral, as opposed to Zaroff who is immoral. Though he claims to be "a beast at bay," Rainsford has now fully reverted to hunter mode, swimming across a small bay to Zaroff's chateau to arrive there before the general can make it back through the jungle.… out the shadowy outlines of a palatial chateau; it was set on a high bluff, and on three sides of it cliffs dived down to where the sea licked greedy lips in the shadows”. Rainsford claims that no animal can reason and when he realizes what Zaroff is doing, he calls it cold-blooded murder. Zaroff retreats to the chateau, assuming he has won the game. The General explains, "hunting was beginning to bore him," and reveals that he had to invent a new animal to hunt, one that must have "courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason. Rainsford survives, winning the game. A story, which relies on action, coincidence and surprise, is precisely the motivation that Connell needs to create a memorable commercial fiction. Rainsford is given the impression that General Zaroff is a wealthy and prominent hunter. "
The last trap Rainsford’s set up was made in a hurry. “He thought of a native trick he learned in Uganda. He slid down the tree. He caught a hold of a springy young sapling and to it he fastened his hunting knife, with the blade pointing down the trail” (Connell 27). Rainsford seconds later found General Zaroff looking down. Still on his feet as he reached the knife that Rainsford had set up. Looking puzzled General Zaroff found Ivan laying on the ground with the knife driven into his chest. He had done it again. His trap was successful.
Zaroff is starting to feel down, because he has no more difficult exotic animals he can hunt down. Zaroff gets an idea, that the only other animal that is intelligent and will be more of a challenge for him, are humans he determines. Zaroff’s plan is that when the ships follow the path of lights he will lead them to the dangerous side; the side that has rocks. After their ship crashes he will invite them and then tell them, “I give him his option, of course. He need not play that game if he doesn't wish to. If he does not wish to hunt, I turn him over to Ivan. Ivan once had the honor of serving as official knouter to the Great White Czar, and he has his own ideas of sport”(pg. 8). Everyone always chooses to play the game because there is a slight chance they will win but with Ivan it is just going to your death.
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
When General Zaroff came heard the loud thud, he rushed toward it. When he arrived, he saw Ivan lying there covered in blood. At this moment he cried and screamed out, “You will pay for this Rainsford!”
Often times war is depicted in a victorious, triumphant manner when in reality war is chaotic; full of destruction and death. In Stephen Crane’s “A Mystery of Heroism” and Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge,” we witness the harsh reality of the war and the common human reaction to the havoc. Fred Collins simply wants water, but the well is on the other side of the battlefield. Peyton Farquhar, a loyal civilian to the South, just wanted to help in the war but instead was hanged for his good-intentioned attempt to destroy the bridge to help the Confederates. Ambrose Bierce and Stephen Crane wrote “An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge” and “A Mystery of Heroism” to show the natural human condition in adverse situations.
Rainsford made three successful traps during the hunt which took out his right hand man and preeminent dog. The third trap just hurt Zaroff’s shoulder. In the end, Rainsford jumped off of a cliff into the sea deep below and later swam to the castle. There, Rainsford and his ruthless predator had one last fight with Rainsford ultimately coming out victorious.
He tried to pull his foot out, but he couldn’t get it back he tried and tried and finally his foot came out, he now knew he was in Death Swamp. Rainsford stepped back about about a dozen feet and started to dig until the hole was about shoulder high and he then put sharp stakes at the bottom and covered up the hole with branches. He heard Zaroff coming and hid behind a fallen tree. He heard Zaroff, but he couldn’t see him or the pit, then he heard the shrieks of pain from Zaroff’s dog. “You’ve done well Rainsford, your Burmese tiger pit has claimed one of my best dogs. Again you score. I think, Mr. Rainsford, I’ll see what you can do against my whole pack. I am going home to rest now. Thank you for a most amusing evening” (Connell
In the short story The Most Dangerous Game, the tell of a man named Rainsford is set with a very difficult choice. Rainsford is first cast off his yacht. After getting onto the railing to look for where gunshots had come from, and reaching from his falling pipe and losing grip of the pole. When Rainsford then swims towards shore to find blood where a animal ,he thought, had struggled. Rsinsford sees the gothic building on the hill and makes his way to it. When Rainsford reach es the house he knocks the door in which then Ivan opens it. Ivan is holding a gun and won 't let Rainsofrd inside. General Zaroff comes and apologized for Ivan that he dumb. General Zaroff is gives Rainsford food and clothing. During dinner he tells Rainsford that he is a hunter as well. Zaroff then tells Rainford how he hade hunted everything and that hunting was his life but it had started to bore him. So Zaroff had made a new animal to hunt. Explaining to Rainsford that it was human. How the it work that he trained them and feed them and then give them hunting clothes and a hunting knife alog witha three hour start. The General explained that he gave the three days and that if the adovided for that long that they would win the game. Rainsford says how that is cold blooded murder. Zaroff then says that he would like Rainsford to hunt with him. When Rainsford refuses he says taht then they would go agaist each other. Rainsford refuses, so Zaroff tells him his only other