The Most Dangerous Game By Richard Connell

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When one is hunting, do they ever stop to think about how it feels to be the prey? In Richard Connell’s short story, “The Most Dangerous Game”, the character Rainsford has a change of opinion and feelings to this very question. In the beginning of the story, Rainsford is on a ship with a colleague and expresses that he is only concerned about the feelings of himself as the hunter and not those of the “huntee”. Not long after falling off the ship and arriving to a nearby island is it that Rainsford experiences what it is like to be the huntee. Connell uses many transitions within in the story that leads the reader in suspense and encourages them to keep reading. The transitions are first when Rainsford falls off the ship and approaches the island, when allows him to come into his house and stay, and when the hunt results in the two going against each other. After falling off the ship, Rainsford swam in the direction of where he heard three gunshots come from. The first thing he notices as he reaches the rocks was the large animal that had went in the underbrush and the blood stained on a patch of weeds. Rainsford then finds a cartridge and realizes that the animal had been shot with a twenty-two. He went on his way looking for something to show him the way to where the “men” he suspected to be on the island were. Just as he was hoping, he found prints of hunting boots. These small details showing how alert, intelligent, and descriptive he is says a lot about the character
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