The Fear of the Hunt The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell

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The first, that there are only two groups of people in the world: the hunters and the hunted and the second being survival of the fittest. The underlying content of “The Most Dangerous Game” relies on a sense of fear and a human’s reaction to a perilous situation. Fear can be defined as “response to physical and emotional danger” (Psychology Today). This instinctual reaction allows humans to protect themselves when in dangerous situations (Psychology Today). There are several instances of fear discussed in the short story. The first instance deals with the fear that prey feels. A member on the yacht with Rainsford states “I rather think they understand one thing--fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death” (Connell). Rainsford disagreed with this theory until he became the hunted and “fear […began] gripping his heart” (Connell). In the beginning of the story, Connell introduces the reader to the idea that there are two types of people. In a conversation between Whitney and Rainsford, Rainsford states that “the world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees” (Connell). This philosophy remains throughout the story. In the beginning, the hunters refer to the human race while the huntees are game animals. This view comes from the fact that Rainsford is a prominent game hunter. Other than this ideology, the author does present the reader and alternative option…
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