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The Most Dangerous Game Analysis

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In today’s world danger is at every footstep and knowing some self-defense skills can come in handy. In the short story, “The Most Dangerous Game”, by Richard Connell, Sanger Rainsford falls off a yacht and swims to a mysterious island. On the island, Rainsford encounters a strange hunter, General Zaroff, who hunts human beings. Rainsford seems to be the hunter’s next target. General Zaroff and Rainsford play the most dangerous game in which Rainsford punishes the general for his crimes. Rainsford’s actions can be classified as self-defense. By killing Ivan, the security guard, and the general, he proves that he does not want to die and the general was a criminal.
Firstly, Zaroff was planning on making Rainsford his next prey, however, Rainsford did not want to die. At this point of the story, Rainsford was aware he was the next to die. The little questionnaire game that Rainsford and the general played, confirmed Rainsford’s suspect that he was going to get killed. The general discusses his previous night’s hunting and explains how it was too easy for him to enjoy. He supports his complaint by describing how the sailors are always dumb and dull. Rainsford did not seem the least bit of interested in the general’s story about his hunting. Rainsford tries to postpone the “game” between the general and him by stating, “‘General’, said Rainsford firmly, ‘I wish to leave this island at once’” (Connell 36). Being a renowned hunter, Rainsford was seen as a challenge for the
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