The Most Dangerous Game And The Cask Of Amontillado Analysis

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From the moment of birth every human has a seed of evil imbedded inside of them and sometimes this seed festers and grows into something horrific and truly evil. For the characters in Richard Conel’s “The Most Dangerous Game” and Edgar Allen Poe’s “ The Cask of Amontillado, this evil growth has indeed occurred. However, even though both characters are evil; their reasons for villainy are different and their actions differ from one another. Both characters, Zaroff and Montresor, can be classified as evil but with different motives; one bent on revenge the other addicted to to a vile game. Through reading The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell, the reader truly gets a sense of what true evil is when they come upon the character Zaroff. The reader first glimpses at Zaroff’s evilness by reading the setting and finding out that he lives on this creepy island. The story begins with this statement, “The old charts call it ‘Ship-Trap Island,’” Whitney replied. “A suggestive name, isn’t it? Sailors have a curious dread of the place. I don’t know why. Some superstition.” (Connel 144) The story also says, “Dense jungle came down to the very edge of the cliffs. What perils that tangle of trees and underbrush might hold for him did not concern” ( Connel 148). When the reader reads this they gets a sense of creepiness and a foreboding feeling and then they find out that Zaroff lives on this island which gives him a cloak of mystery and edginess around him. Also, Zaroff has a giant

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